etco - The Electrical Training Company
Etco is a owned by Master Electricians (previously ECANZ) and has been established to provide employment and training for the electrical industry in New Zealand.
Since being set up in 1991, Etco’s commitment to producing the best has helped thousands of Etco apprentices and students achieve outstanding results and become etsablished in the electricity industry.
Etco’s two main areas of activity are:
The employment and placement of electrical apprentices via their group apprenticeship scheme.
The provision of training courses for apprentices and tradespeople.
How does Etco do it?
Training of apprentices is a combination of on-the-job training through placements with electrical companies and contractors and off-the-job training. This off-the-job training involves study at home, attending Etco night classes and block courses at one of their four training centres which are in Auckland, Dunedin, Rotorua and Wellington
As an Etco apprentice you will receive extensive instruction, supervision and support throughout all stages of your training which involves a series of assignments, assessments and examinations. Etco strives to secure the best candidates, ensure that work placements are available and can deliver the highest standards of training to prepare apprentices to make a positive contribution to the industry.
National Certificate in Electrical Engineering
Etco’s core qualification offered is the National Certificate in Electrical Engineering at Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4. Etco offers a three-year part-time course for electrical apprentices covering the Off-Job Unit Standards contained in the qualification. There are two intakes each year into these courses, in February and in July. Before enrolling, you must have an electrical employer that is approved to sign off the practical skills that you will learn on-the-job. You must also have a Training Agreement in place with your employer and a funding body such as the ITOs The Skills Organisation or Connexis.