Industry opportunities

Photo of a graduate at an industry work placement.

We offer a range of opportunities for industry to add value to their business through their engagement with student internships and work placements.

Browse the subject area that is relevant to you and your business and contact us today.

Applied Sciences

Engagement type Duration Paid/ Unpaid Contact
Sports and exercise science, human nutrition and physical activity and health promotion

Work placements
We have 2nd and 3rd year students looking for work experience within local industries related to any of these three fields. The work placement will need to provide a supervisor.
130 hours per year Unpaid Helen Marshall

helen.marshall@ara.ac.nz
Research projects
3rd year students are looking for projects to complete and this creates opportunities for local industry to work with our students to bring these opportunities to fruition.
150 hours per year Unpaid Peter Olsen

peter.olsen@ara.ac.nz

Business

Engagement type Duration Paid/ Unpaid contact

Internship
Our level 7business students are ready to add value to your business. The work experience component can range from assistance within retail/hospitality to office work or labouring. Our students are very keen to gain work experience and further develop their workplace soft skills and be exposed to activities within their chosen field. Additional to this work experience, students also need to complete a research project for your company which involves identifying a research question that is of interest to the organisation. The subject areas in which the internships are available are:

  • Accouting
  • Business information systems
  • Business transformation and change
  • Event management
  • Human resource management
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Operations and production management
  • Project management
  • Sales and marketing
200 or 400 hours work experience plus a project Unpaid businterns@ara.ac.nz

Food and hospitality

Engagement type Duration Paid/ Unpaid Contact
Baking work experience
Students complete 2 weeks of work experience which is incorporated into the course timetable.
2 weeks (80 hours) Generally unpaid foodandhospitality@ara.ac.nz
Cafe/Bar work experience
Students complete 2 weeks of work experience which is incorporated into the course timetable toward the end of the 22 week programme.
2 weeks (40 - 80 hours) Generally unpaid foodandhospitality@ara.ac.nz
Cookery work experience
Students complete 2 weeks of work experience which is incorporated into the first year of our chef programme. This is available after the students have reached the 20 week mark.
2 weeks (40 - 80 hours) Generally unpaid foodandhospitality@ara.ac.nz
Hospitality management internship
Students are required to complete 700 hours of industry relevant employment across the two years that they complete this programme in. This time is additional to the timetabled class.
700 hours industry relevant employment Paid foodandhospitality@ara.ac.nz
Professional restaurant wine and bar service work experience
Students are required to compete 2 blocks of 2 weeks of work experience which is incorporated into their course work at the midpoint and end of the programme.
4 weeks (80 - 160 hours) Unpaid foodandhospitality@ara.ac.nz

ICT

Engagement type Duration Paid/ Unpaid Contact
Bachelor of ICT Research project
Students in their final semester of the degree complete a compulsory project in an approved topic to mutually agreed objectives. Requires some supervision and participation in student assessment.
450 hours per week Usually unpaid but paid placements can be arranged Malcom Weick
malcom.weick@ara.ac.nz
Graduate Diploma in ICT Research project
Students in their final semester of the graduate diploma complete a compulsory project in an approved topic to mutually agreed objectives. Requires some supervision and participation in student assessment.
300 hours per year Usually unpaid but paid placements can be arranged Dobrila Lopez
dobrila.lopez@ara.ac.nz

Trades

Engagement type Duration Paid/ Unpaid Contact

Autobody work experience
During the 6 month course the students will learn about:

  • Health and safety
  • Panel stripping
  • Fasteners
  • Gas and mig welding
  • Working with sheet metal
  • Fill and sand repair
  • Paint systems
  • Prep and paining a panel

The students will be able to carry out general workshop duties/basic autobody repairs and basic refinishing tasks under supervision. Courses start February and July.

Students are available 8am-4.30pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Unpaid Peter Sauer
peter.sauer@ara.ac.nz

Automotive work experience
During this 12 month course the students will learn the basics of the automotive trades. This includes:

  • Awareness of health and safety
  • Vehicle servicing
  • Engineering and transmissions
  • Electrical fundamentals
  • Engine principles
  • Brakes
  • Steering and suspension systems
  • Engine and fuel system maintenance

The student will be able to carry out general workshop duties and basic car servicing tasks under supervision. The courses run for 12 months and start in February and July.

Students are available 9am-4.30pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.UnpaidPeter Sauer
peter.sauer@ara.ac.nz
Carpentry work experience
During stages 1, 2 and 3 students learn the theory component of the National Certificate in Carpentry. Students will hold a site safe passport and have their own personal protective equipment prior to seeking work experience. During the course, the students will also complete their Fletchers EQR card. The work experience fits into the end of the three stages which aligns to April, July and November (approximately).
200 hoursUnpaidAlistair Smith
alistair.smith@ara.ac.nz
Civil work experience
On this 12 week course, students are developing the basic skills and knowledge of paving, concreting, construction infrastructure, traffic management and health and safety and will require supervision while on work experience. Students will hold a site safe passport and have their own personal protective equipment prior to seeking work experience. During the course the students will also complete their TC1. Courses start in May and September.
Up to 160 hoursUnpaidKarl Noonan
karl.noonan@ara.ac.nz
Electrical work experience
During the level 3 pre trade course, students learn the theory and practical components of the National Certificate in Electrical and gain knowledge and practice in wiring skills to work in the electrical trade. Students will hold a sit safe passport and have their own personal protective equipment prior to seeking work experience. There are intakes in February and May.
40 hoursUnpaidBrent Payne
021 021 12466

Joinery and Furniture Making work experience
On this 6 month course, students are developing the basic skills and knowledge for:

  • Using hand and portable power tools
  • Selection and use of timber
  • Fixings
  • Adhesives and sealants
  • Health and safety

Students will require supervision while on work experience. Courses start in July.

Up to 160 hoursUnpaidGary Ashby
gary.ashby@ara.ac.nz
Painting and Decorating work experience
On this 14 week course, students are developing the basic skills and knowledge of surface preparation, application techniques, scaffolding and health and safety, and will require supervision while on work experience. Students will hold a site safe passport and have their own personal protective equipment prior to seeking work experience. During the course the students will also complete their Fletchers EQR card. Courses start in May and September.
44 hoursUnpaidTim Robinson
tim.robinson@ara.ac.nz
Plasterboard work experience
On this 14 week course, students are developing the basic skills and knowledge of fixing, finishing, suspended ceiling and proprietary partitions installation, scaffolding and health and safety and will require supervision while on work experience. Students will hold a site safe passport and have their own personal protective equipment prior to seeking work experience. Courses start in May and September.
Up to 160 hoursUnpaidTim Robinson
tim.robinson@ara.ac.nz
Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying work experience
During this level 3 course, students learn some of the theory and practical components of the National Certificate in Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying. Students will hold a site safe passport and have their own personal protective equipment prior to seeking work experience. This course is an entry-level programme providing students with the skills and knowledge required for employment or further training in plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying, with the ability to use basic plumbing toold and carry out basic welding, roofing and sheet metal work.
40 hoursUnpaidRitchie Gorrie
ritchie.gorrie@ara.ac.nz