MITO launches Level 4 Coachbuilding programme

Coachbuilders who have completed the New Zealand Certificate in Coachbuilding (Level 3) can now advance their skills with the New Zealand Certificate in Coachbuilding (Level 4).

Combining practical workplace training and eLearning, the programme will equip learners with the skills and knowledge to effectively build coaches and motorhomes and fabricate and repair their components. Graduates of the programme will be able to work in a range of coachbuilding roles and will be capable of working unsupervised.

“We are thrilled to release the new Level 4 Coachbuilding apprenticeship,” says MITO Manager Programmes Paul Neumann. “This has been a collaboration with industry to design an on-job training programme enabling Level 3 graduates to continue their skill development journey and create a strong, qualified workforce for the coachbuilding industry of Aotearoa.”

MITO and the Inspiring Futures Foundation is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity for five MITO learners who have completed the New Zealand Certificate in Coachbuilding (Level 3) that will cover the new programme’s first-year fees.

“We’re delighted to be able to offer scholarships to five MITO Alumni and support them as they deepen their knowledge of the trade,” says MITO Executive Director Verna Niao. “We look forward to supporting the recipients of this scholarship through their training, continuing to honour our ongoing commitment to workforce development.”

This Level 4 programme is expected to take 21 months to complete. The 2023 training fee is $1,154 + GST.

As this new programme is considered an apprenticeship, employers may be able to apply for Apprenticeship Boost, which provides a subsidy of $500 per month for each eligible apprentice. Apprenticeship Boost is due to expire on 31 December 2024.

Applications for the MITO Coachbuilding (Level 4) scholarships are open from 1 June-30 June. Applicants must have completed the New Zealand Certificate in Coachbuilding (Level 3) and be working full-time in the industry to be eligible.

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