Workplace and industry training contacts

Find out which industry training organisation (ITO) can help if you are interested in doing workplace training or securing a New Zealand Apprenticeship.

There are 12 ITOs in New Zealand. They cover a wide range of industries, including services, manufacturing and primary industries (such as agriculture), and trades.

What do ITOs do?

  • Help people get NZQA-recognised qualifications on the job.
  • Provide information and advice to trainees and their employers.
  • Develop and arrange education and training for their industry.
  • Arrange your assessments when you are training, and ensure you are getting high quality training.

Some ITOs may also be able to advise you about job vacancies in their industries.

Contact an ITO

Building and Construction ITO (BCITO)

This ITO covers 15 trades within the building and construction industry: architectural aluminium joinery, brick and block laying, carpentry, concrete, construction management, exterior plastering, flooring, frame and truss, glass and glazing, interior systems, joinery, kitchen and bathroom design, painting and decorating, stonemasonry and tiling.

BCITO website


This ITO covers the health, disability, aged care, mental health, social services, contract cleaning, caretaking and urban pest management sectors. 

Careerforce website


This ITO covers the engineering, manufacturing, food and beverage manufacturing, forestry, baking, butchery, refrigeration, heating, ventilating and air-conditioning, rail, maritime, locksmithing and fire alarms and protection systems industries.

It also covers the print, packaging, journalism, signmaking, plastics production, glass container manufacturing, pharmaceutical manufacturing (excluding medicines) and paint, ink and resin manufacturing industries.

Competenz website


Connexis is the ITO for the horizontal-built infrastructure industries. It predominantly covers civil construction, the three waters, energy and telecommunications.

Civil construction includes: civil engineering, civil laboratory testing, contract management, first-line management, infrastructure asset management, infrastructure works, pavement surfacing, pipe installations, procurement, road construction and maintenance, roadmarking and surveying.

The three waters includes: water treatment, wastewater treatment and water reticulation/utilities maintenance. 

Energy includes: cable work, contact centre, electrical, engineering practice, line mechanic distribution, line mechanic transmission and network/hydro operations. 

Telecommunications includes: copper and fibre. 

The ITO also covers agrichemical application, agricultural contracting, and health and safety roles.

Connexis website

Hairdressing ITO (HITO)

This ITO covers the hairdressing, barbering, beauty services and salon management sectors.

HITO website


This ITO covers the motor, transport, logistics, textile fabrication and extractive (oil and gas, drilling, mining and quarrying) industries. 

MITO website

NZ Marine and Composites ITO (NZMAC ITO)

This ITO covers boat building and related trades including composites, marine painting, rigging, boat trailer building and boat building foundation skills and marine sales and manufacturing.

NZMAC ITO website

Primary ITO

This ITO covers the agriculture, horticulture, equine, water and sports turf, dairy manufacturing, meat processing (excluding poultry) and seafood industries.

Primary ITO website


This ITO covers the aviation, travel, tourism, museums, hospitality, retail and wholesale sectors of New Zealand's service industry.

ServiceIQ website

Skills Active Aotearoa

This ITO covers the community recreation, snow sports and coaching and fitness sectors.

Skills Active Aotearoa website

The Skills Organisation

This ITO covers the ambulance, contact centre, financial services, offender management, health and safety, public sector and local government and real estate and security sectors.

It also covers specialist trades including electrical, plumbing, roofing, drainlaying, gasfitting, telecommunications, cranes, scaffolding, rigging, elevating platforms and industrial rope access.  

The Skills Organisation website

Updated 20 Dec 2018