MITO’s Industry Training Advisors support you and your apprentice throughout the duration of the apprenticeship and you can contact them at any time with questions.

When your employee firsts signs up for an apprenticeship or training programme, your local Industry Training Advisor will visit you to do a ‘Training Capacity Assessment’ of your workplace to ensure your business can support your employee's training programme. The assessment covers areas such as:

  • The equipment and range of work you have available
  • The qualifications and experience of the people at your business
  • Your commitment to supporting your employee achieve their qualification

Once this is complete, they will explain the training process to you and your employee. Your Industry Training Advisor will then visit you at least four times a year to:

  • Develop and update personalised training plans
  • Provide you with up-to-date reports on your employee’s training activity
  • Set goals with you and your employee to help them achieve their qualification.


Along with your MITO Industry Training Advisor, you will be the main support for your employee during their apprenticeship. Training will be mostly facilitated in your workplace and you will teach them the necessary skills of the job, oversee their learning and set the standard for their training.

Your employee will be provided with a folder of training materials. This will provide a step by step approach on everything they will need to achieve their qualification.

Theory work is completed by correspondence. MITO links your employee with a training provider who sends them home-study assignments which they complete and return for marking. They can also contact their training provider tutor for additional help.


There are numerous advantages to taking on an apprentice. Not only will you be giving back to your industry by increasing the skill level of the overall workforce, you’ll also be bringing new skills to your workplace while keeping up to date with the latest industry developments. So where do you start?

Sign up an existing employee

An apprenticeship and on-the-job training is an excellent way to support your employees, introduce new skills to the workplace and boost productivity and staff loyalty at the same time.

Become a StartUp® employer

The StartUp® programme is a great way to meet potential new apprentices and train them in your own workplace – and it's free! If you're interested in joining StartUp®, we'd love to hear from you. The wider the range of employers in the programme, the more options we can offer students. 


List your job with MITO

MITO lists current job vacancies on our website. If you’re looking for your next apprentice, you can advertise it on this website!


StartUp® is a secondary-school career development programme that introduces students to the automotive industry. They study foundation qualifications and are placed with a local employer for work experience in a workshop environment.

StartUp® provides a unique opportunity for you to check out potential apprentices, and help a young person to kick-start their career in this diverse and dynamic industry.


What kind of businesses are involved in StartUp®?

StartUp® employers come from throughout New Zealand's automotive industry – collision repair, automotive refinishing, and automotive electrical and mechanical services. They work with everything from cars and farm vehicles to heavy equipment, motorcycles, trailer boats and outdoor power equipment.

How do the students get chosen?

When you join the StartUp® programme, we provide your details to the participating secondary schools in your area that have students looking for placements. Please note that they might not have a StartUp® student available immediately.

It's important that the student you choose 'fits' with your business, so you'll meet any prospective candidates first.

Are there any requirements I need to meet?

If you're not already involved in industry training through MITO, we'll do a simple 'Training Capacity Assessment' of your workplace to make sure it's suitable for the student.

The assessment covers areas such as:

  • The equipment and range of work you have available
  • The qualifications and experience of the people who'll be training the student
  • How much supervision will be available
  • Your compliance with health and safety legislation
  • Your compliance with local body regulations
  • Unit standards that the student could complete in your workplace.

What happens next?

We’ll provide you with comprehensive information on the StartUp® programme and how it works.

A MITO Industry Training Advisor will then meet with you and the student to go over what you both want to achieve with the placement.

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What is it?

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