If you employ or supervise an existing ITAB apprentice, our support and commitment to you and your apprentice will continue unchanged (*conditions apply) until they have either:

  • Completed their training and graduated from the ITAB Programme; or
    Elect to withdraw or transfer to an alternative training programme.
  • Existing apprentices will be supported over the next 2 – 3 years, while completing their apprenticeship training (*conditions apply) even if your preferred Training Provider has
    elected to withdraw from ITAB.

Regretfully, ITAB is no longer available to new apprentices – effective: 1 January 2023.

If you are seeking apprenticeship training, please contact Te Pūkenga, New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology  https://www.xn--tepkenga-szb.ac.nz/search/query=Carpentry


Applications for Hardship Grants
Existing eligible apprentices are able to apply for Hardship Grants. Enquires should be made directly to ast@nzcb.nz


The Reasons for ITAB’s Withdrawal
The decision to withdraw ITAB was not made lightly. ITAB’s Board of Directors and Management, sought consultation from Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics partnered with ITAB, including ITAB’s Industry Advisory Group. All parties agreed, that on balance,
ITAB would struggle to remain an effective mechanism to support apprentices and employers alike, post RoVE. This is in part due to ITAB’s off-site training model no longe being a unique offering under the new Te Pūkenga (NZIST) delivery model and the wider
vocational reforms.


What’s Next?
ITAB was an industry partnership between New Zealand Certified Builders (NZCB) and ITPs nationwide. While ITAB will no longer be available from 1 Jan 2023, NZCB remains committed to quality training, supporting apprentices and employers.

The NZCB Apprentice Network, a new membership service replacing ITAB, exclusively available to NZCB Business Members.

If you would like to know more about this exciting new service, please do not hesitate to contact New Zealand Certified Builders or visit www.nzcb.nz/apprenticeships/



*Conditions apply – apprentices must remain financial members of ITAB.