Otago Polytechnic

He Toki Carpentry and Infrastructure Trades Training Scholarship


Dunedin and Central

1 year

on campus

Central - August 2020; Dunedin - 8 March 2021
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Central Otago
    12 October 2020
    30 November 2020 - 12 February 2021
    5 April 2021 - 16 April 2021
    28 June 2021 - 16 July 2021
  • Dunedin
    8 March 2021

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

With He Toki, you'll be supported to gain a New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Level 3) in Carpentry or Infrastructure - but with a difference. You’ll get a unique and empowering learning experience that has te reo, tikaka and mentorship at the heart of everything. 

Talk to us if you:

  • identify as 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 Carpentry or Infrastructure. 

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 carpentry and infrastructure training

He Toki aims to enrich Carpentry and Infrastructure 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 over 1000 trainees for jobs in the trades sector.

Now is the time to start your career in Carpentry or Infrastructure. 

Carpentry is about constructing and maintaining buildings and infrastructure. There are big construction projects happening in Dunedin and Central Otago, so there is a high demand for qualified carpenters. 

This programme gives you the work-ready skills to enter the construction trades as an apprentice carpenter working under supervision. 

With additional training and/or experience, you could become a carpenter, junior and senior foreperson, or be self-employed. 

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 health and safety, trade calculations and hand tools. 

Note: Infrastructure is offered at Central Campus only. 

Entry requirements 

If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.

Selection criteria

  • Preference will be given to applicants with a minimum of NCEA Level 1 and four years of secondary education OR the National Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trades Skills (BCATS) (Level 2) programme. 

Note: The BCATS programme is offered through trades academy, secondary schools and some private training establishments.

You will study

Trade Skills 1 (15 credits)

Develop preliminary skills and knowledge for working in the construction industry

  • Perform basic building calculations
  • Use common tools and equipment safely in the construction environment
  • Develop core knowledge of timber, concrete and reinforcing steel
  • Apply safe work practices as they relate to the construction industry.

Trade Skills 2 (30 credits)

Enhance your trade skills knowledge and gain practical experience on a construction site or in a construction-related industry.

  • Determine appropriate construction sequences on the project build
  • Explain building legislation as it relates to the construction industry
  • Communicate effectively with others while in a work environment
  • Reflect on health and safety process, procedures and the work undertaken during work experience.

Foundations (15 credits)

Learn how to set out and prepare to construct foundation structures (up to and including floor level) using specified materials.

  • Read and use plans and specifications to set out a site for the construction of foundations
  • Construct a foundation safely and in accordance with the plans and specifications
  • Explain commonly used foundation types and materials used in the construction industry.

Structures (30 credits)

Gain an understanding of how to construct walls and roofs using specified materials.

  • Read and use plans and specifications for wall and roof framing
  • Build wall and roof structures safely and in accordance with the plans and specifications
  • Explain commonly used wall and roof framing materials and methods used in the construction industry. 

Exterior Claddings (15 credits)

Develop an understanding of how to install external cladding and roofing to a structure using specified materials.

  • Read and use plans and specifications for exterior cladding
  • Install exterior cladding, exterior joinery and roof coverings in the external envelope safely and in accordance with the plans and specifications
  • Explain commonly used exterior claddings and roof coverings used in the exterior envelope of a building.

Interior Lining (15 credits)

Learn how to install interior linings, trim, fixtures and fittings using specified materials while working with others in a safe working environment.

  • Read and use plans and specifications for interior linings, trim, fixtures and fittings
  • Install interior linings, trim, fixtures and fittings safely and in accordance with the plans and specifications
  • Explain commonly used interior linings, trim, fixtures and fittings.
Additional costs

Hand tools and course material costs are included in the programme fee but the equipment will remain the property of Otago Polytechnic. 

Course equipment list.

Your workload

Usual timetable hours are Monday to Thursday, 8.30am-4.30pm with a half day on Friday.

You are required to complete at least six weeks of work experience and up to three hours of additional self-directed study a week.


For more information about He Toki

Visit http://hetoki.co.nz
Phone 0800 438 654 
Email hetoki@tetapuae.co.nz


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.

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