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Redeat Asnake is a carpentry apprentice in Auckland working towards a New Zealand Apprenticeship through the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation.  Redeat previously worked assembling furniture, but his apprenticeship will provide a pathway to a Level 4 trades qualification to support a career in trades.

"It is great to be able to gain on-job practical skills and earn while gaining my National Certificate in Carpentry," says Redeat.

The National Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4) typically takes about four years and is a prerequisite to become a licensed carpenter. In July 2012 there were 13,469 licensed carpenters across New Zealand. Graduates with Certificate Level 4 qualifications in building earned $28,500 one year after their study ended. After five years, income had increased to $39,700.

New Zealand Apprentices require study at Level 4 to ensure that high level qualifications are being gained that will provide job prospects and an earnings return to the apprentice.

The apprenticeship reboot was launched in 2013 to assist apprentices with tools and off-job course costs.  Budget 2014 extended the reboot subsidy to a total of 20,000 apprentices.  As an apprentice carpenter Redeat will qualify for a subsidy of $2,000, as will his employer.   

"The apprenticeship reboot will help me get some tools for work."   

The Apprenticeship Reboot is proving very successful in getting more apprentices underway, especially in the priority trades we need for the rebuilding of Christchurch and the housing construction boom in Auckland.

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