Express Sheetmetals is committed to ongoing staff training and mentoring, which is recognized by Competenz who are one of New Zealand’s 11 industry training organisations (ITOs) which works with more than 3,500 employers and 20,000 learns in 37 different industries around New Zealand each year, helping to build skills, careers, and businesses. (Source: Competenz). This means that we are able to offer our staff apprenticeships and become a qualified sheetmetal workers.
An apprenticeship means working and being paid while receiving on-the-job learning and training. (Source: Competenz)
An apprenticeship involves four years of studying, during this time the apprentice will attend three different block courses, all two weeks long, here they will learn how to mark out fabrication patterns, form and join materials together, learn new welding and thermal cutting techniques, and all the theory that goes along with it.
The apprentices are also required to attend a weekly night class after work where they will learn the basics trade skills such as Maths, Material characteristics and processes, Isometric and Third angle orthographic drawing techniques, job costings, CAD design, and more.
A. I wasn’t too sure what I wanted to do for a career, so I decided to do a pre-trade course through the Eastern Institute of Technology, doing this resulted in finding that I had a passion in working with metal which motivated me to move up to Auckland and do a year long welding course through the Unitec Institute of Technology, from there I applied for a job at Express Metals where after a few months I was offered an apprenticeship.
A. I applied at Express Sheetmetals because I was keen to get into the sheetmetal industry and with the company having the most sought after team in the country, I thought what better place to start? .
A. I started my apprenticeship at the beginning of 2017, I am due to finish early in 2021.
A. I decided I wanted to do an apprenticeship after finishing my welding course and realizing that I wanted to do more
than just welding and learning as much as I could about the trade, an apprenitceship offers just that
A. I am really enjoying the apprenticeship, I have made new friends through the block courses and night school, the
training is up to date and relevant to my job, it’s also very helpful having a Competenz certified assessor in our
workplace who can help us out when we get stuck.
A. My advice would be to just go for it! It is a very rewarding industry to be in and you are always having a good time
learning and building things. Show up on time, work hard and honest, and most importantly.. don’t be afraid to ask for
A. I didn’t know anything about working with metal so I wanted to learn something new.
A. A friend of mine referred me to this company.
A. I started my apprenticeship in 2016.
A. I wanted to build a future for myself and I knew that an apprenticeship would be a great opportunity for me to get started.
A. I have really enjoyed the apprenticeship and I am excited to be finishing soon!
A. Work hard, don’t be afraid to try new things!