Construction industry factsheet

The Department of Corrections offers trade training and qualifications in construction and infrastructure in twelve of our prisons throughout New Zealand.

We have building refurbishment yards at Rolleston Prison and Spring Hill Corrections Facility where we refurbish Housing New Zealand Corporation houses. There is also a new builds yard at Spring Hill, which has covered bays for the construction of new buildings, such as classrooms.

Corrections also has several training workshops for construction and roadworks across the country.

The concrete yard at Whanganui offers the chance to learn concrete skills for a variety of structures.

We offer a range of on the job training, training courses and hands on experience including:

  • Construction
  • Carpentry
  • Plumbing, gas fitting and drainlaying
  • Painting and decorating
  • Plastering
  • Electrical work
  • Brick and block laying
  • Precast concrete operations
  • Crane operation
  • Worksite safety and use of power and hand tools

We offer qualifications in:

  • Gateway Programme in Carpentry
  • National Certificate in Building Construction and Allied
  • Trade Skills (BCATS)
    Certificates in Plumbing and Gas-fitting
  • Certificate in Painting
  • Gateway Programme in Plastering
  • Entry to Electrical Apprenticeships
  • National Certificate in Concrete Core Skills
  • National Certificate in Crane Operations (Mobile)
  • We also partner with accredited tertiary institutions to deliver quality training to prisoners.

Concrete Yard

  • Whanganui Prison

Refurbishment and New Build Yards

  • Spring Hill Corrections Facility
  • Rolleston Prison

Training - Construction

  • Northland Region Corrections Facility
  • Auckland Prison
  • Auckland Region Women's Corrections Facility
  • Spring Hill Corrections Facility
  • Tongariro Prison
  • Whanganui Prison
  • Hawkes Bay Regional Prison
  • Manawatu Prison
  • Rimutaka Prison
  • Christchurch Men’s Prison
  • Rolleston Prison
  • Otago Corrections Facility
  • Invercargill Prison