Automotive apprenticeships

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Broaden your horizons with a Managed Automotive Apprenticeship at Ara. You'll learn sought-after skills, gain experience and make valuable contacts in the automotive industry.

Complete our New Zealand Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Electrical & Mechanical Engineering) Light Vehicle Strand Level 3 and then take the next step and enrol in our New Zealand Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Electrical & Mechanical Engineering) Light Vehicle Strand Level 4.

Programme and fee information

Ara Managed Automotive Apprenticeships consist of one night class per week (6pm-9pm) for 36 weeks per year and four workplace visits per year. It costs approximately $360 per module (six modules per option) and you can start at any time of the year, as soon as you're ready.  

Option 1

You have no qualification but are already working in the industry you can study towards the New Zealand Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Electrical & Mechanical Engineering) Light Vehicle Strand Level 3.

Option 2

You have lots of industry experience but are seeking a higher level qualification then you can study towards the New Zealand Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Electrical & Mechanical Engineering) Light Vehicle Strand Level 3.

Option 3

You're qualificated to level 3, working in the industry and seeking a higher qualification then you can study towards the New Zealand Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Electrical & Mechanical Engineering) Light Vehicle Strand Level 4.

How it works

A Managed Automotive Apprenticeship will provide you with learning that's tailored to your needs, one-on-one time with trained professionals, and connections with people in the automotive industry.

These are the steps involved in a Managed Automotive Apprenticeship:

  • Start by talking to your employer about doing an apprenticeship
  • Contact the team at Ara and arrange a meeting at your workplace with you, your employer and a Ara representative
  • Ara staff will work with you and your employer to create an apprenticeship plan specifically for you
  • You'll begin attending night classes and working towards your qualification, while you continue your job
  • Ara will periodically check in with you and your employer at work
  • At the end of your apprenticeship, you'll attain your automotive trade qualification