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Northpower trade cadets programme

We are fully committed to building great careers for local young people through our cadetship programme which offers pathways into fulltime employment.

Northpower’s trade cadet programme is a fully paid eight-week work-readiness programme which leads to a trades apprenticeship at Northpower.

Our cadetship aims to give participants the very best start in the industry. We start by providing a comprehensive week of onboarding which includes a whakatau to welcome our new cadets to the Northpower business, a noho marae to create connections with each other and learn the local history, a first aid course, and workshops to familiarise cadets with our Northpower behaviours, critical risks, culture and wellbeing.

On completion of the programme, graduates receive the NZ Certificate Level 2 in electricity supply and are ready to join our  teams as a trainee in one of our specialised pathways; Line Mechanic Distribution/Transmission, Cable Jointer, Electrical Fitter or Utility Arborist.

Role overviews

Line mechanic info

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Electrical fitter info

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Cable jointer info

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Trade cadets FAQs

To be considered for this role, you must be in New Zealand and have valid eligibility to work here in NZ.

This opportunity is open to applicants aged 17 and above.

By completing an online application which will be available when the next cohort is open for registration.


A CV, access to complete an online application, access to meet the interviewing managers in the relevant region, a restricted drivers license, the ability to pass a pre-employment health check and drug screening, the ability to complete course work, a mature attitude, motivation to learn and respect for others.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted to arrange an interview with the local hiring manager. Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified by Northpower’s People & Capability team.

Yes, If you are attending from outside of Northland you will be required to stay away from home. Fortnightly weekends home will be scheduled by the cadetship delivery team.

Cadets will be paid the minimum wage for the duration of the eight weeks along with stay away allowance of $80 per day for each night spent away from home. Upon successful completion of the eight-week programme and transition to the Level 4 apprenticeship cadets will be paid in line with Northpowers regional trainee rates.

All our Northpower depots will be recruiting cadets at different times of the year. Locations will be made available with each intake.

Cadets who graduate successfully from the programme will move into regional field teams where they will be enrolled on an apprenticeship and employed as a trainee. The apprenticeship pathways will be determined by the regional management team and is based on the regional need.

The cadetship is based on the fundamental knowledge and skills required to begin a career in the Electricity Supply industry. The programme is a balanced mix of theory in a classroom environment, practical simulations to apply classroom learning, team building activities, First aid and CPR, noho marae and cultural connection workshops, Northpower behaviours and critical risks workshops and regional work placements.

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Northpower is a key player in Aotearoa New Zealand’s energy sector. Find out more and discover the career opportunities on offer.