We connect top-quality apprentices with successful NZ plumbing, gasfitting & drainlaying businesses and provide first class support every step of the way.


Looking to take on an apprentice? Looking to become an apprentice? 

You’ve come to the right place! There's never been a better time to train in our industry.

Why Masterlink


  • 1. We're industry experts

    We know all about apprenticeships in our trades. Our application process will find out if you've got what it takes to succeed.

  • 2. We place you in an established firm

    We match you with a local business for your on-job work experience. Our host companies are passionate about training and most are Master Plumbers, Gasfitters and/or Drainlayers.

  • 3. We support your training

    We coordinate your block course (off-job study) arrangements, pay your training fees, worth over $11,000 (if free fees do not apply) and boost your skills with free Masterlink Training

  • 4. We give you the tools for the job

    We set you up with a starter tool and PPE kit worth over $2,500

  • 5. We've got your back

    Your Masterlink mentor will guide you through your apprenticeship, and keep you on track to qualify. Help from our team is just a phone call or email away.


  • 1. We employ the best

    Our robust recruitment process ensures quality apprentices for our host businesses

  • 2. We make it hassle-free

    Masterlink sorts all your apprentice's ACC, HR, payroll and block course arrangements - so you don't have to.

  • 3. We support you and your apprentice

    Our Regional Managers hold regular appraisals to keep your apprentice on track with their studies and provide assistance as required. Help is just a phone call or an email away!

  • 4. Your apprentice is work-ready

    We provide tools and PPE on start up, so your apprentice is fully equipped to get to work

  • 5. We keep you up to date

    As a Masterlink host you will benefit from the latest information on Health & Safety, employer or apprenticeship funding and any other news affecting our industry.

In the News


Apprenticeship Boost extended!

On 9 May 2022, the Government announced that the Apprenticeship Boost will be extended until the end of 2023. This Government funding is designed to assist businesses to take on new and retain existing first and second-year apprentices.

Until 5 August 2020, employers of new apprentices will receive:
  • $1,000 per month for the first 12 months, then
  • $500 per month for the next 8 months

From 5 August until the end of 2023, the Apprenticeship Boost funding changes to: 

  • $500 per month for up to 24 months of a new apprenticeship
Find out more HERE
Masterlink will pass this subsidy on to our hosts!


Free Fees Apprenticeships

From 1 July 2020 until the end of 2022, the Government is covering training fees for new and existing apprentices. This means no fees for learners or employers. Find out more HERE


  • From 1 January 2018, the first 2 years of industry training is fees-free for eligible learners enrolling in eligible programmes—which include plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying apprenticeships. Talk to us today on 0800 502 102; admin@masterlink.co.nz. We have more info about the eligibility criteria and fees-free process HERE
  • Masterlink apprentices can attend Master Plumbers' training courses at discounted rates. See what's coming up HERE


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