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About the scheme

Te ara ki tua Road to success provides a career path for people who want to become a truck driver. Trainees will:

  • Be matched with a suitable transport business that will employ them for the traineeship
  • Have a hands-on approach to learning
  • Receive a liveable wage - earn while you learn
  • Get nationally recognised qualifications
  • Progress their licence class

You will receive the minimum wage or above, depending on previous work experience in other industries and any transferable skills gained.  However, many companies may start you off on a higher wage, and there will be opportunities to increase what you earn as you progress your licence and your responsibilities.

The traineeship and the Road to success team’s involvement will last one year, after which it is expected that you will continue on at your company.

Road to success is administered by the Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand 


Become a truck driver


Step 1

Interested trainee applies to Te ara ki tua Road to success.


Operator enrols existing drivers in the qualifications

Step 2

Road to success screens and considers trainee application.


Road to success team contact drivers put forward by operator to introduce quals

Step 3

Matching process - Trainee will be placed in a suitable transport business.

Step 4

Successful match! Parties sign trainee agreement and employment contract.


Journey begins

Training and qualifications commence - training pathway established.

1 month

RTS team contacts both trainee and employer to confirm enrolment in qualifications has been successful

If issues arise an industry mentor is engaged.

3-6 months

1) micro-credentials completed awarded 
2) Successful licence progression.
Certificate of recognition awarded.

12-24 months

x4 micro-credentials completed.
Licensing progression to class 5 licence.
Full-time job continues with employer and professional driving career begins