Study and train at Te Pūkenga
Study and train at Te Pūkenga for vocational education and training including apprenticeships
What you can do through Te Pūkenga
Te Pūkenga connects you to vocational education and training programmes through its subsidiaries, which are institutes of technology and polytechnics, as well as through the transitional industry training organisations.
At Te Pūkenga you can choose to:
- become an apprentice or trainee – learn on-the-job, get qualified and earn money as you work
- learn while you work – if you want to get ahead in your job, you can get qualifications as part of your normal mahi
- do distance or online learning – study from anywhere using posted or online coursework
- learn on campus – learn alongside others in classrooms or workshops
- do a mixture of these options to suit your circumstances.
What you get from Te Pūkenga programmes
Vocational education and training gives you skills that can lead to an exciting career.
Whether you're looking for your first job or retraining, there are programmes to get you started in all sorts of industries. You can get qualifications for everything from building to aged care, and from viticulture to mechanical engineering.
You’ll finish your programme with a set of work-ready skills and feel confident you can use them for mahi straight away.
Qualifications you can get
Programmes offered through Te Pūkenga can lead to:
- New Zealand Certificates at Levels 1 to 6
- New Zealand Diplomas at Levels 5 to 7
- Bachelor’s degrees at Level 7
- Graduate and postgraduate certificates, diplomas and degrees at Levels 8 to 10.
Apprenticeships lead to New Zealand Certificates at Level 4.
Where you can do a programme
Te Pūkenga subsidiaries offer programmes at over 150 sites across Aotearoa New Zealand.
You’ll have more local on-campus options if you live near a big town or city – but many programmes will be available online no matter where you live.
If you want to do an apprenticeship, keep in mind that you’ll need to find a job first. That might mean it’s easier to find a building apprenticeship in Auckland, or a viticulture apprenticeship in Marlborough.
What you need to get into a programme
Entry requirements depend on the programme you want to do.
Level 1 to 3 certificates might not have any requirements.
For programmes at Level 4 and higher, you might need specific NCEA subjects or achievement standards at a certain level.
Find out what you need by looking up your programme on the Te Pūkenga website.
How to get help
There’s a lot to get used to when you start vocational education and training. Don’t worry too much – each Te Pūkenga subsidiary has advisers ready to help you.
You can ask about anything, like which programme you should choose, costs, equipment and how to find an apprenticeship.
Many Te Pūkenga subsidiaries also have support services and networks to make life easier while you’re an ākonga. Check their websites to see what’s on offer like libraries, help with learning, Māori and Pacific peoples support, and financial support.
If you have questions or worries about learning material or coursework, you can ask your tutor or support services for advice.
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Updated 26 Apr 2022