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Automotive Programmes at UCOL Polytechnic

Anyone with more than just a passing interest in engines and their performance, integrated automotive systems, diagnostics and maintenance will find these automotive programmes a great preparation for a number of roles in the motor industry. Let UCOL open the door to an apprenticeship in a commercial automotive workshop where you can earn while you learn. It will equip you with the confidence, attitude and practical ability to take this career as far as you want.


UCOL Polytech offers pre-apprenticeship programmes in automotive and panel and paint. Get your career started as a technician in the automotive industry or as a panel-beater or painter in the panel beating and crash repair industry.


By successfully completing one of UCOL’s Polytechnic certificates, you will fast forward your apprenticeship and help secure you a job. UCOL graduates are highly valued in the Automotive industry as we are Palmerston North and Wairarapa’s preferred training provider.


With hands on learning from industry experienced lecturers, UCOL is the ideal place to complete your automotive training.  


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Semester One 2015 starts in February. Semester Two 2015 starts in July. Apply 6 to 8 weeks before your programme starts to secure your place.



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UCOL programme information guides

Browse our 2016 Prospectus and International Prospectus to find out what you can study at UCOL.


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Financing your study

Various funding options may be available to you. Some links to information and tools are listed below to help you.


Studylink is a source of information for government assisted funding options for Aotearoa New Zealand students.


Breakout provides information and databases on scholarships, awards and grants available in Aotearoa New Zealand.


Sorted gives you information and tools to help you calculate the cost of your study and budget for your study.


Scholarship information is available for study at UCOL campuses in Palmerston North, Whanganui and Wairarapa.



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