What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a NZQA recognised Level 3 or Level 4 qualification where you will learn a trade through a combination of on the job practical training and completing unit standards.

What types of apprenticeships are available in the marine and composites industry?

We training a variety of sectors.  Find out more Here.

How do I get an apprenticeship?

Firstly, you need to secure employment with an employer who can train you in your chosen qualification.

Secondly, the employer must be willing to train you by registering you with MAST Academy.

Thirdly, once you are registered with us, we will organise and manage your apprenticeship until you have completed.

Should you have any further questions, contact our team on 0800 600 242.

How long does it take to complete an apprenticeship?

Depending on the qualification, it will take 3 – 4 years.

What are the benefits of undertaking an apprenticeship?

Here are just five:

  • You earn money while you learn
  • You gain practical skills that you can use on the job from day one
  • A MAST Academy qualification is nationally and internationally recognised
  • The skills you learn are in demand and transferable
  • Our Assessors provide individual support with visits every 8 – 12 weeks, wherever you work in NZ

I am a student at school, and I am interested in working as an apprentice in the marine and composites industry. What is my next step?

Please visit our Schools page for full details.

Do I need to work fulltime to complete an apprenticeship?

Most apprentices are working fulltime, but in some cases, depending on your employer, it is possible to complete an apprenticeship when working in the marine and composites industry part time.

What are the English language requirements?

Applicant whose first language is not English, required to provide any of the following:

  • Evidence of successful completion of at least five years of secondary education from a country where the student was taught using English as medium of instruction
  • Successful completion of vocational certificate or diploma, of which the medium of instruction taught in English.
  • IELTS at least 5.0 overall score or equivalent

How is Training Delivered?

Work integrated brokered/employee on-job training.

Marine and Specialised Technologies Academy of New Zealand (MAST Academy) has developed a training plan in collaboration with the apprentice and employer. This will ensure that the apprentice can complete the required programme for the occupation. The MAST Academy supports the implementation of the training plan through the provision of resources, arrangements for on-the-job assessments and facilitating off-the-job training. MAST Academy also ensures that the apprentice receives appropriate pastoral and educational support during the training.

MAST Academy has developed an online Learning Management System (LMS) called “Rudderlive”. Programme materials can be downloaded by apprentices at any time. Assessors use this system to manage the individual learning plan, and manage the mentoring and support services for each apprentice. The Field Officers (Assessors) ensure that support given is responsive to the apprentice’s needs.

The employer/trainer will ensure the apprentice is actively and effectively taught while on-the-job so that the apprentice progressively builds up skills and knowledge, and off-the-job training is reinforced. The employer supports the apprentice to attend the off-the-job training in a scheduled basis. Employers will be notified in advance by MAST Academy on the schedule of off-job training.

MAST Academy provides a minimum of quarterly face-to-face visits with apprentices and are available by email, phone, and video-call at any time.

How is Training Evaluated?

  • Assessments are completed when the trainer declares the apprentice is ready for assessment.
  • Assessments may be written answers to questions, on-job or off-job observation of practical competence by the company trainer, verifier, or the assessor, collection of evidence, or a combination of any of these.
  • Apprentice guidelines are at the beginning of each assessment and state how they will be assessed, the key outcomes (assessed on knowledge and skills), and conditions of the assessment, the assessment activities, the expected details that are required, and the evidence requirements/performance criteria from the unit standard
  • Assessment clearly shows the evidence aligned to the unit standard and evidence requirement/performance criteria, the conditions for the assessment are clearly communicated in the apprentice guidelines and assessor guidelines before each assessment.
    • Written assessments are questions or tasks that are linked to unit standard evidence requirements/performance criteria.
    • The answers can be written by the apprentice, or these questions can be verbally verified by the assessor using open question clarification (OQC) and the apprentice’s responses documented by the assessor.
    • On-Job or off-job observations are verified by checklists or the verifier determining the apprentices’ competence for a specific task based on the processes used and/or the quality of the final product.
    • The apprentice’s trainer, verifier, or assessor must complete the checklist to attest that the apprentice has completed the work/task (authentication) and meet the appropriate standards and conditions stated in the unit standard explanatory notes and evidence requirements/performance criteria.
  • Assessor guidelines are to enable assessors to carry out valid and consistent assessment using this assessment resource. Model answers are provided for the assessors. These have the expected answers including the level of detail, depth of knowledge, and correct and/or appropriate responses.
  • All assessments are accompanied by an assessment schedule which provides assessors with judgement measures and sufficiency statements.

What are the Consistency Requirements?

MAST Academy ensures national consistency of qualification outcome requirements by participating in consistency review and collecting information or evidence as detailed in the qualification consistency requirements including:

  • Assessment information leading to the achievement of the graduate outcomes.
  • A portfolio of learner work relating to the qualification and the annual review focus requirements.
  • Graduate and/or stakeholder/end-user feedback on outcome achievement.
  • Relevant excerpts from External Evaluation and Review reports.

Do prices include GST?

All prices denoted on the website are inclusive of GST.

What constitutes a Workplace Environment suitable for an Apprenticeship?

To enrol into an apprenticeship programme an individual must be employed in the proper environment, in a role which will allow the qualification outcomes to be met and must be signed into a New Zealand Apprenticeship enrolment agreement.

What are MAST Academy's Compliance policies?

MAST Academy regularly reviews all programmes to ensure they comply with current legislation, regulations and Australia/New Zealand Standards (AS/NZS) including: Health and Safety at Work Act 2015; Health and Safety in Employment Regulations 1995; and Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 2001, and any subsequent amendments; and reflect current industry practice.

Is MAST Academy NZQA Registered?

The Marine and Specialised Technologies Academy of New Zealand (MAST Academy) is a private training establishment that has been granted registration by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under Part 4, subpart 5 of the Education and Training Act 2020.

He mea rehita na te Mana Tohu Mātauranga o Aotearoa kia tu hei Whai Whakangungu Motuhake i raro i te maru Part 4, subpart 5 o te Ture Mātauranga me te Whakangungu 2020.

How is MAST Academy Funded?

Rule 18 of the NZQA Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2021 does not apply to the transitional programmes approved through to 31 December 2023, as they are funded as if under the Industry Training and Apprenticeship Act 1992 – repealed under the Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Amendment Act 2020 – until such time as a Unified Funding Scheme is in place.  It is also for this reason that MAST Academy may enrol trainees working in New Zealand under work visas without having to be a signatory to the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice.