About industry training

Industry training is like learning to play a sport. You get the skills you need by playing the game, learning from your team, and having your coach assess and support you to develop your skills.

Industry training involves learning and working towards a recognised New Zealand qualification while you're in paid employment or volunteering. It's one of the most effective and natural ways for us to learn.

While we help facilitate the on-job qualification arrangement with your workplace - the training is delivered by the workplace itself, most of the time. 

Did you know: You need to be working in the industry to start industry training, and you need your employer to support you through the journey. 

Industry training involves learning on the job and being assessed as competent doing various tasks, showing that you've picked up the skills and knowledge you need to gain the qualification. 

Industry training is aligned to the New Zealand Qualifications Framework. This means that when you complete your training, you will receive a qualification that is recognised in New Zealand and many other countries. 

With workplace training and qualification you're engaged in training tailored to you and your role, at your own pace, with feedback and support based on your own strengths and weaknesses, and preferred ways of learning.  You learn by repeating tasks, and progressing from simple to more complex work. You're participating in your own genuine work activities,  in your own environment, but you're being assessed against a New Zealand standard. 

Want to know a bit more about the process? Read on!

How it works

Step 1: Connect with Skills Active

Step 2: You do the training with your workplace

Step 3: Undertake assessment tasks

Why do it?

There are lots of benefits to achieving a qualification through your workplace

Gaining qualifications sets you on your career pathway. Our nationally and internationally recognised qualifications are stepping stones to your future, in New Zealand and around the world.

Industry training gives you practical skills and competencies that are directly applicable to the work you do, and meet the needs of your employer.

They're the same qualifications you'd be getting at a tertiary institution, and are recognised exactly the same way on your CV. The difference is that you're learning in a way that's tailored to your workplace and industry - a way that's much more effective than sitting in a classroom all day. 

Their stories

What support will I have?

Learning support

  • Learning support advisors
  • Adult literacy, language and numeracy

Online learning

  • SkillsActivator
  • Skills Active trainee portal

Digital resources

  • ActiveCV