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Study Trades at NZMA


NZMA have acquired an 8000 square metres site, on Great South Road, Mount Wellington, and is fitting it out with brand new classrooms, workshops, and labs. Purpose built, the site will be a hub for students wanting to learn trades skills in South Auckland.

Located in an easily accessible area, all our programmes are Category 1 rated by NZQA and will be offered from January at the new site, including Construction, Electrical Engineering, Plumbing & Gasfitting, Painting & Plastering.

NZMA Chief Executive, Mark Worsop says, "Currently students are engaged in the building project as part of their Certificate in Building Level 4, which has included demolition and framing work. It’s giving them valuable hands-on experience, and importantly, showing them what’s needed to land a job in the busy building industry."

He added, "We’re really proud to be developing young people in these important and booming trade arenas. This campus will be an important hub in Auckland and we’ll officially unveil it early next year – there’s still much to do!"

Click here to learn more about the new NZMA Trades Campus.

(All qualifications are NZQA accredited)

Our Trades programmes


These programmes give you the skills and knowledge you need so you can enter the workforce ready to embark on an apprentice¬ship. You may also be eligible for FREE* study. The programmes have a strong vocational focus, so you’ll gain lots of basic skills. Gain experience in building, construction, joinery, painting and plastering, and plumbing and gasfitting, plus a whole lot more. You’ll be involved in lots of exciting hands-on activities and projects, and you’ll gain theoretical knowledge to support your learning.

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Electrical engineering

This programme will set you up to enter the electrical industry as an apprentice or entry level employee. Gain practical experience by wiring a sleepout, and have the opportunity to carry out wiring and installation in new and existing buildings through our partnerships with industry.

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Plumbing and Gasfitting

This programme will give you the skills to enter the plumbing and gasfitting industry as an apprentice or entry level employee. Learn practical skills and theory application on water systems, sheet metal and roofing materials, cold and hot water supply and soldering, welding and brazing.

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Painting and Plastering

In just 20 weeks you’ll gain valuable skills to start your career as a painter or plasterer. This programme is fun, practical and work¬shop-based. Tap into this booming industry by getting the skills you need!

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Maori and Pasifika Trades Training

If you’re keen to get into trades from the ground up, or build your skills, then check out your options. With MPTT, complete our fees-free Construction programme or Painting & Plastering programme in 20 weeks!

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