Business Profiles

by NZA Apprenticeships

last updated 26/06/2020


Meeting a Need

by NZA Apprenticeships

last updated 26/06/2020


NZA Apprenticeships is a rewarding franchise opportunity

Chris Hilson

The New Zealand construction industry is still growing fast, with over 50,000 more qualified workers needed by 2022. One way to meet the demand is through apprenticeships, but many companies find them hard to manage. Most hands-on-the-tools builders lack the time, skills or HR resources to recruit potential apprentices and handle the associated administration.

With 30 years in the building industry including franchise experience, Chris Hilson wondered why the building industry hadn’t adopted the concept of ‘managed apprenticeships’ where someone not only handles the recruitment of new apprentices, but also employs and mentors them, as well as coordinating the apprentice training programme to ensure they achieve the necessary qualifications at the end.  

‘They do it in the plumbing and electrical sectors, but I concluded the building industry must have decided managed apprenticeships would be too hard to organise,’ explains Chris. ‘But rather than seeing a problem, I saw more of an opportunity together with personal and financial rewards. With business partner Penny Clayton, who also has a strong background in franchising, we developed the necessary systems and established relationships with building industry training organisations before launching NZA Apprenticeships in early 2017. Today we operate throughout Auckland and the Waikato, and are seeking franchisees to take the programme national this year.

‘Our managed apprenticeship package not only provides the opportunity for men and women to gain a range of building qualifications, and for building contractors to take on trialled and vetted apprentices with none of the usual HR and admin hassles; it also offers the opportunity to build a rewarding business as a NZA Apprenticeships franchisee.’

Compelling offer

Chris says the NZA Apprenticeships business model is pretty straightforward. ‘The franchisee recruits and evaluates potential apprentices and then approaches prospective hosts to subcontract approved apprentices with the offer that’s hard to refuse. The franchisee will not only handle paying apprentices at above the minimum training wage but also deal with PAYE, Kiwisaver and holiday and statutory pay, as well as manage apprentice qualification progress.

‘Income for the franchisee is the negotiated amount above an apprentice’s wage and below their charge-out rate. The franchisee invoices the building contractors – we call them ‘hosts’ – for each apprentice, based on hours worked.’

NZA Apprenticeships now has three franchises up and running with two company-developed areas for sale and new territories available country-wide. ‘This is a home-based franchise supported by full training with comprehensive cloud-based management, accounting and administration systems,’ says Chris.

‘For an investment starting at $75,000 +gst, a couple or partner team who put in the time and effort can in three years be earning $160-$170,000 gross. If you have excellent management, motivational, people and soft sales skills, we want to hear from you – now!’    

See this advertorial on page 66 of Franchise New Zealand magazine Year 29 Issue 1

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