Combined, MITO’s industries employ over 155,000 New Zealanders or 7% of the workforce. There are significant employment opportunities for young people who are keen to build a rewarding career.

MITO offers career pathways for secondary school students right through to management qualifications within the industries we serve. With a MITO training programme or apprenticeship, you’ll have everything you need to learn new skills, and gain a formal qualification.

The benefits of an apprenticeship or on-the-job training are:

  • You gain a New Zealand or National qualification
  • Because you’re working, you earn money while you learn
  • New skills and knowledge that can help your career progression
  • Training is on-the-job making it easier for you to learn
  • You'll build a great looking CV for future employment opportunities
  • No student loan to pay back

Here’s your chance to find out what it’s like to work in the automotive industry — before you leave school!

StartUp® is a MITO programme designed for Year 11 to 13 secondary school students. It offers a fantastic opportunity to get practical and hands-on work experience, learn some essential skills to boost your chances of finding work, and achieve credits towards a National Certificate in Motor Industry (Foundation Skills) Level 1.

Talk to your school's career advisor or Gateway co-ordinator about StartUp® or contact MITO for more information.


School subjects that may be useful for a career in one of MITO's industries include English, Mathematics, Technology, Computer Skills and Science (such as Physics). It’s important to get your literacy and numeracy credits too; however, MITO can help you with these if necessary.

To start an apprenticeship or training programme through MITO you need to be already employed in one of our industries with an employer who is able to support you in your training. Take a look at the Find a Job page or View our helpful tips on how to find a job

Discuss your options with your school's career advisor or Gateway co-ordinator, or contact MITO for more information on a MITO apprenticeship or training programme.

Having a full car driver licence is an important first step for finding a job in one of our industries as many employers will require this as a prerequisite for a position.

You can find out more on driver licencing on the NZTA website. For free driving resources, theory questions and practical advice, visit the Driving Tests website.