The Electrical Training Company (Etco)



Etco is New Zealand’s premier provider of electrical apprenticeships with 230 new apprentices engaged each year. This is an ideal pathway for young people looking for a career with a blend of academic and practical work. Applicants need level 2 English, Maths and Physics, or pass our aptitude tests.

After graduating with a NZ Certificate in Electrical Engineering, and Level 5 extension, graduates move into: specialist or generalist streams, self-employment or into university.

Electrical contracting firms hosting Etco apprentices benefit from Etco looking after all the off-job training, pastoral care, employment, and associated costs. Ideally an apprentice stays with a host organisation for the duration of the apprenticeship and often the host takes the graduating apprentice on as a registered electrician on completion. By agreement a host may release an apprentice for a period to enable exposure to different skills, or if they experience a decline in workload.