He Toki Electrical Trades Training Scholarship

If you are Māori or Pasifika, are 16-40 years old, and want to learn and earn in a practical, hands-on environment, consider our He Toki pathway. With He Toki, you'll be supported to gain a New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Pre-Trade (Level 3) with a unique learning experience that has te reo, tikaka and mentorship at its heart.

About the programme

Get the skills and support you need to succeed in the electrical industry in Te Waipounamu.  

With He Toki, you'll be supported to gain a New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Pre-Trade (Level 3) – with a difference.  

Talk to us if you: 

  • are Māori or Pasifika  
  • are 16-40 years old  
  • want to learn and earn in a practical, hands-on environment, and  
  • want a rewarding career in the electrical industry.  
He Toki is more than a study scholarship – it's a journey with a support network 

He Toki supports whānau to gain skills and qualifications, connect with iwi and explore industry opportunities, with the goal of securing wealth-enriching futures for Māori and Pasifika.  

He Toki’s strengths are in building relationships and offering a personalised and encouraging approach to learning, to ensure that you have a sustainable study/life balance. 

  • It challenges mainstream teaching methodologies 
  • It arms people with practical and employable skills in a required trade 
  • It embeds te reo and tikaka into day-to-day operations 
  • It applies an ako/tuakana-teina approach to offer guidance and mentorship with a Māori-specific context.  
Why you should join He Toki for your electrical training 

He Toki aims to enrich electrical trades education to grow the Māori and Pasifika workforce. It brings together iwi, industry, educational institutions, community organisations and government agencies. 

Since it was established in 2011, He Toki has prepared more than 1100 trainees for jobs in the trades sector. 

Now is the time to start your career in the electrical industry. 

This programme gives you the work-ready skills to enter the electrical trade as an apprentice electrician working under supervision.  

During your studies you will enjoy hands-on training in our workshops and the chance to be involved in real-world, community-based building projects, which will lead to you gaining knowledge about domestic, industrial, and commercial installation.  

What you’ll learn  

During this project-based programme, you’ll study topics such as Cables, Fittings and Testing, Supply Systems, and Electrical Work Practices. Our courses have been developed in direct response to feedback from the electrical engineering industry, so you know you’re being taught the most up-to-date knowledge and in-demand skills. 

When you finish, you could enter an apprenticeship agreement with us and an employer so you can complete the Level 4 apprenticeship programme. This will give you the skills you need to work independently as an electrician.  

Career opportunities include  domestic, commercial, industrial or electricity supply electrician, appliance service worker, work within telecommunications industry, or self-employment. 

Studying part-time  

We know full-time study isn’t always possible. There are part-time options available, so talk to us now to find the best solution for you. 

This programme provides pre-entry foundation knowledge of electrical engineering and is suitable for those who wish to enter the industry but do not yet have an electrical apprenticeship agreement.  

Upon successful completion of this qualification, you will have an operational and theoretical knowledge of electricity production, distribution, and utilisation, and will be able to carry out a limited range of prescribed electrical work safely under supervision in accordance with the Electricity Act 1992. 


This programme of study has been developed in direct response to feedback from the electrical engineering industry and community. So you know you’re being taught the most up-to-date knowledge and in-demand skills.  

You’ll need to study all of the courses listed below to successfully complete this programme. Graduates will be able to apply their skills under supervision by a licenced electrical worker, in accordance with the Electricity Act 1992 (and any subsequent amendments).  

Course Description Credits
Electrical Work Practices / Workplace Skills and Safety   Learn how to keep yourself and others safe by identifying workplace hazards and managing them. Achieve your first aid certificate and gain the skills to practice with professionalism in an electrical context.   15

DC Fundamentals 

Learn and apply important theories and principles of Direct Current (DC) circuits and systems. Discover the formulas, language, ideas and techniques required to build an electrical career, while undertaking practical training to apply these in real life. 15
AC Fundamentals Understand the principles of magnetism and electromagnetism in Alternating Current (AC) theory and learn how to apply them in an electrical workplace, including the safe use of tools and equipment. 15

Cables, Fittings and Testing

Learn how to install, test and diagnose problems with electrical cords, cables, and equipment. You’ll gain understanding of a wide variety of electrical fittings and their applications, and the legal requirements for testing them safely. 15
Supply Systems Build your knowledge of the New Zealand electricity supply system and learn how to work safely in high-voltage environments. Understand and apply the methods used to ensure the protection of users and installers. 15

Protection, Plans and Circuits  

Learn how to design and construct control circuits, use electrical drawing conventions to communicate your designs, and apply the principles and installation requirements of lighting systems. 15
Electrical Installations Develop and apply your knowledge of cable and wiring systems commonly used in the electrical trade, including in damp situations. 15
Electrical Machines, Transformers and Isolation Learn the key theories underpinning the operation of transformers, electrical machines, and isolation procedures, and how to apply them in real-life situations. 15
Final Capstone Test   Complete a final examination to demonstrate your knowledge of the theories and practices of electrical work in order to continue on your journey towards an electrical career. 1
Total   121



While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative only. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.