House Building Apprenticeship in New Zealand


There is a massive shortage of new homes in New Zealand and a corresponding very high demand for builders. Builders need helpers both unskilled and skilled, and commonly builders will take on at least one apprentice.

An apprenticeship is a very good pathway to a lucrative and enjoyable career you’re a smart and hardworking young builder. The apprenticeship means that the young builder gets good on the job training and experience, plus he or she gets to go to classes to learn about good building practice and modern techniques and from there they can get fully qualified.

A good building apprentice may take 3 to 5 years to come out of your apprenticeship, but they were generally have been fully employed and paid during this period, and they will come out with a qualification that means they can go into business on their own if they want to. This is very different two young people who have chosen to go to university, because not only will they have not been paid while over at university, they will generally have accumulated a large debt which will take them sometimes decades to pay off.

A building apprentice can come out of his or her apprenticeship by their mid twenties, and at that stage not only be debt free but they can also have accumulated enough money to make a deposit on a new house or to buy a nice car etc. They are also allowed to build your own home in their spare time, and many building apprentices have this as their major financial goal. This is because they can build the house for vastly less cost then for the average homeowner as they will absorb all their own labour costs plus they will get the full trade discount on all of the materials. If they have chosen the house location and design well, then they will see a very significant capital gain over a short time frame, and builders commonly sell their first time at a very significant profit. If they are smart then they will pull this profit into the deposit for the next house, which will generally be much bigger and more expensive, and could be there long term family home or could be used to sell off for a much larger profit.

In fact legally registered builders are only allowed to build two homes for their own use in any 10-year period, but if they are smart they can accumulate a few hundred thousand dollars over this period, and a million or more dollars over their building career.

A building apprenticeship pathway to an outdoors and indoors lifestyle, is building a new house requires laying foundations, sitting up the frame, installing the roof and the cladding and all the window and door Joinery before installing the lining and finishing off the house. It is a very varied occupation that is highly skilled and requires a great deal of knowledge about good building practice, but it can also be very lucrative for the Builder that knows how to play the game.