Electricity Supply Industry Training Organisation

Direct from School

It’s possible to get a job in the infrastructure industry direct from school.  Consider contacting local  companies directly.  Ask them to register your interest in any upcoming vacancies.

Or check the links on the vacancies pages of our current member companies.  Remember also to keep an eye on the situations vacant pages in newspapers and on internet job sites.

Typically, the types of positions open to school leavers include:

  • Office juniors and administration
  • Call centre operators
  • Civil workers - labouring, digging trenches etc
  • Apprentices or trainees - electricians, telecommunication technicians, operators, line mechanics, cable jointers, electrical fitters, mechanical fitters

Requirements for these positions vary, but most employers will prefer you to have completed year 12 or equivalent.

One way to get into the industry direct from school is to complete the Connexis Gateway Programme with a work placement at a local company. During the programme, you will complete unit standards that are relevant to the industry.  To find out more about the Gateway Programme, contact your school’s Gateway Coordinator and see the Gateway page on our website.

You can also improve your chances of a permanent job by getting a part-time job or work experience at the local company you’re interested in. You’ll need to contact companies directly to see if they have any opportunities to work with them. 

Employers often want to see evidence of your school and any work history, so always have an up-to-date copy of your CV (curriculum vitae or resume) ready to send to them and to take to any meetings or interviews.  The Careers NZ website has some great tips on job hunting, writing CVs and cover letters, and interview techniques.