Fonterra's Apprenticeship Programme

Combining the opportunity to learn and grow far beyond your core apprenticeship, across a wide variety of disciplines within our Co-operative and all from a starting point in regional New Zealand. The Fonterra Apprenticeship Programme offers many benefits that come from being part of the world’s largest dairy exporter and New Zealand’s largest employer. 

We are creating futures together.

Scope and Scale:

When you join our apprentice programme you're not just learning a trade. Here's the full range of opportunities:


Different Apprentice Disciplines

Two intakes annually 


Manufacturing Sites in New Zealand

Jobs located from Northland to Southland


Roles in New Zealand manufacturing

Lots of potential career paths to follow

Applications open in October and May 

Keep an eye on our Careers site or Fonterra Early Careers page on Facebook.

If you want to know more about our amazing apprenticeship programmes in New Zealand, please see the links below for more information: 

More information about our Apprenticeships here.

Frequently asked questions here.

Earn while you learn with an apprenticeship in one of our four Apprenticeship Programmes at Fonterra!

Is an Apprenticeship with Fonterra right for you?  

  • Mechanical Apprenticeship

  • Fleet Apprenticeship

  • Electrical Apprenticeship

  • Dairy Processing Apprenticeship

Mechanical Apprenticeship

Do you enjoy figuring out how things work? Do you wonder how machines are put together? Are you passionate about Mechanical Engineering and want to train with the best? 

This is your chance to learn a trade with New Zealand’s largest company and gain a qualification that will give you a head start in your career! 

Fleet Apprenticeship

Do you like the idea of working on big trucks?  Have you always tinkered with engines? 

You have the opportunity to earn yourself a NZ Certificate in Heavy Automotive Engineering Level 4 as a Fleet Services Apprentice at Fonterra

Electrical Apprenticeship 

Do you enjoy rewiring things? Are you keen on building bots? Interested in Electrical Engineering? 

We have opportunities every year where we look for passionate future industrial electricians to come and train with our world class team.

Dairy Processing Apprenticeship

Are you a natural problem solver? Have you ever wondered how food makes its way from grass to your glass? 

Keen to know how we make thousands of tons of food that is safe to send all around the world every day? As a Dairy Processing Apprentice you will work towards a NZ Certificate in Dairy Processing Level 4.

Need to Know:


Years old to apply (min)

2½ - 4

Years to complete, depending on apprenticeship

NZQA Accredited

Level 3 and Level 4 Qualification

Dairy Processing Apprenticeship roles

Leading-edge technology, breakthrough processes, and world-class opportunities are hands down the best components you'll find to build a great career.