Building & Construction Courses

If you are a beginner wanting to learn core building and carpentry skills or are interested in preparing for an apprenticeship; our Building & Construction courses cater to a broad range of students. Master fundamental building skills at level 1 or 2 or complete our level 3 programme to graduate with a broader understanding of the construction-related trades.

Limitless learning and opportunities

Skills Update offers you a complete training programme from a beginner to pre-apprenticeship level. You will receive theoretical knowledge as well as practical building and carpentry skills. Our three building courses independently cater to a students’ diverse needs (ranging from entry-level jobs in the building and construction industry to gaining the skills necessary for renovations or DIY projects). By completing each course, you get well-rounded training in residential construction, with an option to pursue further studies in the field. Our courses will help you to confidently enter the workforce as a hammer hand or trainee builder or carpenter and will support you to secure a carpentry apprenticeship. The skills gained will help you forge a career in a variety of construction-related fields. You will learn to use industry-recognized hand and power tools to furniture and small buildings. If you are not able to commit to a programme full-time, you have the option of completing some courses part-time, thus giving you time to juggle your studies with work and home commitments. When it comes to preparatory courses for building apprenticeships, students can trust Skills Update to provide a well-rounded educational experience. With increasing infrastructure investment in new homes, and a labour shortage in commercial and residential projects, plenty of jobs and carpentry apprenticeships are available in NZ. Click on ‘Apply’ and take the first step towards becoming a builder in NZ!

Why study this programme?

Hands-on Learning

Students will learn in a practical context by completing projects like building small sheds or cabins, fences, outdoor furniture etc.

Residential Focus

Our programmes focus not only on residential construction but also on developing transferable building skills.

Delivered Around You

Our part-time programmes are delivered in evenings and weekends so that you can acquire new skills without leaving your day job.

Covers Everything

Our level 3 programme is designed to cover all aspects of building from foundations to roofing.

Employment Focused

Our programmes are focused on getting you into employment in the building and construction industry.

The Enthusiasts

This is an ideal course for the DIYers and renovators who want to develop construction knowledge and skills and are considering a career in this field.

What past Students Say

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"The tutor Sue was very accommodating, knowledgeable and supportive. The facilities are always tidy, provide resources on time and fit for purpose.
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"Skills Update has provided me with the tools and knowledge to succeed. The Tutor, students and staff all work together as a team to help us reach our goals."
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"Having work experience in the Logistic field, I now have the theoretical knowledge which will aid my career path to Management."
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“I like studying here at Skills Update because of the friendly faces and how we treat each other. It makes it a little easier to settle in and focus on learning and meeting new people.”
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“I enjoyed this course because I get to cook and bake for the teachers and learn more about hospitality. It is rewarding to see teachers enjoy our creations.”
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"Taking the Health & Wellbeing Level 3 course has been invaluable to me."
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