APPRENTICESHIPS

Apex Interiors vision is to increase apprenticeship opportunities by offering high quality BCITO apprenticeship programmes across the interiors sector, providing training and development opportunities at multiple levels. Our aim is to promote wider access to apprenticeships within the interiors sector to New Zealand citizens, residents, and those on the pathway to becoming a New Zealander. Our apprenticeships will present opportunities to improve diversity and inclusion in our workforce by providing people from all backgrounds with a pathway to progress in their careers. As a result, Apex will benefit from a skilled, flexible, motivated, and engaged workforce.
 

Apex are committed to working alongside BCITO to deliver this vision. Within our five branches throughout New Zealand we have 20+ employees engaged in BCITO apprenticeships and are actively seeking new candidates. This commitment makes us one of the largest employers of apprentices in New Zealand within the interiors sector.

We offer a range of apprenticeships within the interiors sector. We are actively seeking new apprentices within each of the following sectors. 
Many of our apprentices will combine two strands simultaneously to expand their base of knowledge, learning and potential career opportunities.

New Zealand Certificate in Proprietary Systems Installation

Strands in Proprietary Partitions and Suspended Ceilings

New Zealand Certificate in Interior Linings Installation
Strands in Fixing and Finishing

We decided to interview several of our apprentices to see how they felt about their apprenticeships, and to provide some guidance to others whom are considering undertaking an apprenticeship but are a bit hesitant. If you have any queries about the apprenticeships that we can provide, please don't hesitate to get in contact with either an Apex representative, or directly with BCITO (our apprenticeship supplier). 

Apprentice: Tayla W

Q: What apprenticeship are you doing?
A: Plastering

Q: How are you finding your apprenticeship so far?
A: Lots of fun 

Q: What is your favourite thing about your apprenticeship?
A: Learning new things everyday and trying to perfect the skill

Q: What skills have you learnt so far?
A: I have already learnt the full process of plaster application and finishing

Q: What do you think would be helpful knowledge for others considering an apprenticeship?
A: Go on site first to see how you find the work and see what other trades are doing to see if there might be something else that interests you, I had no idea until I went on site how many trade and directions you can take in construction.

Q: What do you like about working at Apex?
A: Everyone is so friendly and approachable and will always try their best to help accommodate what you need or give you options to make work easier. Its like a little family where everyone looks out for each other

Q: What is your 3 year plan, and how do you think your apprenticeship will aid in your professional development?
A: Would love to get into more technical variations of plaster applications, the apprenticeship will help in learning the basics in plaster skills and knowledge to find my strengths and find out where to go from there

Apprentice: Paul C

Q: What apprenticeship are you doing?
A: I am currently completing an Interior Linings Installation - Finishing Apprenticeship

Q: How are you finding your apprenticeship so far?
A: I have just recently started my BCITO apprenticeship and have just participated in my first site visit with my training advisor. I am finding my apprenticeship extremely fascinating and engaging. I feel as if I am building my knowledge within my trade and have a sense of achievement when I am able to excel into each new level

Q: What is your favourite thing about your apprenticeship?
A: My favourite thing about my apprenticeship so far is to be able to learn the aspects of my trade that I haven't learnt from the industry by myself, allowing me to build myself into a more skilled and successful plasterer

Q: What skills have you learnt so far?
A: Because I have been in the plastering trade for 6 years already I have been lucky enough to know a lot of the skills that are required to be successful within the BCITO apprenticeship, however I am still able to learn new things from my training advisor, such as health and safety specifically relating to my trade, the right types of materials for each different job type and how to store material correctly

Q: What do you think would be helpful knowledge for others considering an apprenticeship?
A: My best advice for someone who is considering an apprenticeship is to just give it a go! The training advisers are super helpful and will help you along your journey and are always available to chat if you have trouble understanding or are not sure about anything. Becoming qualified will help set you apart from others within your trade

Q: What do you like about working at Apex?
A: After many years as a self-employed contractor in the plastering industry, I have seen a wide range of companies and have been around a lot of underwhelming organisations. When I made the move to Apex almost 2 years ago, I never looked back! Apex is on a different level than any other company out there, they respect every single employee and treat every position within the company as an equal. Apex is a company that truly cares about their employees and will do everything in their power to look after you and ensure you are growing and enjoying your job.  Another part of Apex that makes working for them enjoyable is whenever you become stuck on a job and are not sure how to overcome a challenge or obstacle, they take the time to teach, advise and help you to achieve the job, allowing you to grow your knowledge and skills on a daily basis

Q: What is your 3 year plan, and how do you think your apprenticeship will aid in your professional development?
A: In three years I would like to see myself managing a group of plasterers and to help others learn and build their own personal skill set, I feel that achieving my apprenticeship will give me the knowledge and qualifications to be able to have a resource of information available to help others within their daily work