Apprenticeship programme announced

Posted on 12 July 2018

Having a clear qualification pathway, starting with an apprenticeship, helps make the mining and quarrying industry a more attractive career option for new entrants to the industry, including school-leavers.
MinEx, in conjunction with MITO, are bringing together an exciting opportunity for those who want to take up an apprenticeship in the Extractives sector. Expressions of Interest are being sought from interested potential apprentices who are either working within the mining or quarrying sectors, or who are about to take up employment in either sector.
The pathway starts with MITO’s New Zealand Certificate in Mining and Quarrying (Level 2). This training programme takes approximately seven months to complete, and is most suited to those entering the industry.
Graduates can then proceed to the New Zealand Certificate in Mining and Quarrying (Level 4) training programme which will be ready for enrolments in 2019. It is expected that this training programme will take approximately two years to complete.
Any apprenticeship scheme can only work with strong support from employers.
Employers must be committed to supporting their learner(s) through the training programme providing them with time off to attend the classroom training, or participate in workplace training, and pay the training fees associated with the apprenticeship.
Learners must be committed to completing the required elements of the training programme, which includes a mix of classroom and workplace-based training and assessment.
For those wishing to complete a Certificate of Competency for a Statutory Position, the New Zealand Certificate in Mining and Quarrying (Level 4) will include all unit standards required for a current A Grade or B Grade Quarry Manager CoC.

Please send expressions of interest to MinEx CEO Wayne Scott at, including full details of the potential apprentice, contact details of the employer, and sector stream (quarry, coal mining, etc).