On Monday the Industry Training Federation (ITF) announced the 'Got a trade? Got it made!' campaign, intended to reach out to young people with the message that there's more than one way to launch a career.
One of the country's largest training organisations has set up a temporary classroom in Rotorua's Pukuatua St teaching students bike mechanic skills.
He didn't know what he wanted to do after school but now he's pitting his skills against New Zealand's top electrical apprentices
A group of local school students have toured work sites today to see what working in the trades involved.
Kicking off a trades career with an apprenticeship isn't the wild west scenario it used to be.
Young New Zealanders who take on apprenticeships or earn-as-you learn work programmes have an easier climb to the property ladder, say supporters of the sector.
If you needed further proof that a trade could be a lucrative career move, look no further than the Bay of Plenty.
As at November last year, there were 64 cranes on Auckland's skyline, more than in any of the 11 American cities tracked by the RLB Crane Index
EIT is responding to a shortage of plumbers and gas fitters in Hawke's Bay's with a pre-trades programme that saw all nine of 2016's graduates securing jobs in the industry.
A Rotorua scheme is empowering young apprentices fresh out of study.