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Study Trades at NZMA

NZMA is a member of the Maori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT). MPTT helps young Māori and Pasifika to get certified and find employment in the trades industry.

As an MPTT scholarship recipient, you won’t be training alone. You’ll meet other Māori and Pasifika who are learning a trade, and get support from a mentor right through your training. You’ll also benefit from MPTT’s contacts throughout the trades industry, to help you find the right job for you.

Do you qualify?

You’ll be eligible for an MPTT Scholarship if you are:

  • Māori or Pasifika

  • aged 16-40 years

  • a New Zealand Permanent Resident or New Zealand Citizen

  • enrolled in an approved course


How to apply for the MPTT Scholarship

  1. Apply for a course that’s part of the MPTT programme

  2. Complete an MPTT Scholarship application form and return it to NZMA

  3. Attend an interview

  4. You’ll be notified by email once you are approved for the scholarship

Our Maori and Pasifika Trades Training programmes

Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Level 3) - (Carpentry)

This programme sets you up to enter the construction industry as an apprentice or entry-level employee. You’ll gain loads of hands-on, practical experience, starting off with small workshop projects, building a prefabricated timber sleepout and even a two bedroom home. You’ll also complete part of the theory component of the New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry (Level 3).

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New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Theory) - Level 3

Land a job as Electricity Supply Electrical Apprentice or an Industrial Electrical Apprentice or pathway into further study and become a qualified electrician. The course is pre-entry foundation knowledge of electrical engineering and is suitable for those who wish to enter the industry and who do not yet have electrical apprenticeship agreement.

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Secure your future in the construction sector by becoming a plumber, gasfitter or drainlayer with our pre- pre-apprenticeship programme.

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Tap into the building boom! In just 19 weeks you’ll gain the skills you need to become an apprentice or labourer in construction or allied trades. If you’re eligible for MPTT, then the fees are free.

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