Manufacturing, technology and engineering factsheet

The Department of Corrections offers trade training and qualifications in manufacturing and technology in fifteen of our prisons throughout New Zealand.

Manufacturing

Our joinery and timber processing training workshops specialise in the making of furniture, finger jointing and framing.

Textile workshops provide experience in industrial sewing skills with the manufacture of prisoner clothing, bedding and at risk garments.

Our light and electronic assembly operations offer practice in electronic equipment assembly.

Technology

Our prison print shop at Rimutaka specialises in the preparation, production and publishing of printed material.

Engineering

Our small engine workshops focus on identifying and resolving faults in several different engine types.

Our light engineering workshops make and repair a wide range of products such as waste bins, trailers, and machinery for private companies, the public and Corrections industries.

We offer on the job training, training courses and hands on experience in:

  • Timber processing and joinery workshops
  • Furniture making, finishing and upholstery
  • Textiles manufacture, sewing, cutting and overlocking skills
  • Use of industrial machinery
  • Mechanical engineering and mechanical assembly
  • Printing
  • Graphic design and layout
  • Repair and maintenance of small motors
  • Welding
  • Sheet metal work

We offer the following qualifications:

  • Basic Engineering Trade Skills (BETS)
  • National Certificate in Furniture
  • National Certificate in Wood Manufacturing
  • Certificate in Automotive/Motor Industry/Small Motors
  • National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering
  • National Certificate in Textile Manufacture
  • National Certificate in Printing
  • Welding Trade Tickets

We also partner with accredited tertiary institutions to deliver quality training to prisoners.

 

An employment pathway

Edward*, 29, has been in and out of prison his whole life, mainly living off the proceeds of his crimes. He learned a lot in the prison engineering workshop, but he’d never had a proper job until the Release to Work Case Manager for Canterbury Prisons found him a Release to Work placement in a local engineering firm. The firm kept him on when he was released on parole and he’s done so well he has been made a supervisor and has up to five guys working under him.

*not his real name

Manufacturing

  • Auckland Prison
  • Spring Hill Corrections Facility
  • Whanganui Prison
  • Hawke’s Bay Regional Prison
  • Rimutaka Prison
  • Arohata Prison
  • Christchurch Women’s Prison
  • Rolleston Prison

Technology

  • Rimutaka Prison

 

Training - Manufacturing/Engineering

  • Northland Region Corrections Facility
  • Auckland Prison
  • Auckland Region Women’s Corrections Facility
  • Spring Hill Corrections Facility
  • Waikeria Prison
  • Tongariro Prison
  • Whanganui Prison
  • Hawke’s Bay Regional Prison
  • Manawatu Prison
  • Rimutaka Prison
  • Arohata Prison
  • Christchurch Men’s Prison
  • Rolleston Prison
  • Otago Corrections Facility