We connect top-quality apprentices with successful NZ plumbing, gasfitting & drainlaying businesses.


Looking to become an apprentice? Looking to take on an apprentice? You’ve come to the right place! There's never been a better time to train in our industry.

  • July 2020 - Free Fees for Apprenticeships
  • August 2020 - Apprenticeship Boost for Employers
  • Scroll down to In the News for more information

Why Masterlink


  • 1. We interview, screen and test

    We process your application to make sure you've got the right stuff to succeed in our industry

  • 2. 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 match you with a mentor

  • 3. We place you in an established plumbing/gasfitting/drainlaying 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 Member businesses.

  • 4. We give you the tools for the job

    We set you up with a starter tool and PPE kit worth $2,000

  • 5. Financial assistance is available

    New Masterlink apprentices can apply for a special loan package if needed


  • 1. We employ the best

    Our robust recruitment process ensures quality apprentices for our host businesses

  • 2. We make it hassle-free

    We sort all your apprentice's ACC, HR, payroll and block course arrangements

  • 3. We support you and your apprentice

    Our Regional Managers hold regular appraisals to keep your apprentice on track with their studies

  • 4. We take health & safety seriously

    Health and safety is at the core of our apprentice management practices

  • 5. Your apprentice is work-ready

    We provide tools and PPE on start up, so your apprentice is fully equipped from day one

In the News


Apprenticeship Boost

From 1 August 2020, employers of apprentices will receive up to $16,000 for each new apprentice. This Government funding is designed to assist businesses to take on new and retain existing first and second-year apprentices.
The subsidy runs for 20 months:
  • $1,000 per month for the first 12 months, then
  • $500 per month for the next 8 months
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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