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Centre of Excellence – Health Infrastructure

Your chance to make a real difference to health infrastructure in Aotearoa.

CEHI offers an exciting opportunity for professionals from health, construction and engineering backgrounds to train and upskill to become highly capable and knowledgeable Health Infrastructure Project Managers. 

Whether you're an experienced professional or a recent graduate, CEHI offers a range of opportunities to help you grow and develop.

CEHI Traineeship Programme – approximately 20 months. Study a Master of Engineering Project Management, Health Projects specialisation (MEPM-Health) at the University of Auckland while doing a part-time traineeship with CEHI. 

CEHI Graduate Programme – two years. If you are a recent graduate, join CEHI full-time and be supported and trained by experienced Project Managers at Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand.  

CEHI trainees and graduates will be paid a set salary.  You may also be eligible for a study scholarship.   

"There really is no better place to kick-start a health project management career and start making every day better in our communities," says Allan Johns, Director of Facilities & Development at Te Whatu Ora Te Toka Tumai Auckland. "The aim is to provide our CEHI trainees and graduates with a well-rounded work experience in health infrastructure – one where they are supported, nurtured and challenged and able to use their health project management studies in a live health environment. We want to see people thrive and ultimately pursue careers in an industry that ticks all the buttons when it comes to job satisfaction and making a difference." 

Applications are now open for 2024.   



About the Centre of Excellence – Health Infrastructure

Why should I choose the Centre of Excellence – Health Infrastructure Programme?

We’ve got some experienced gurus working here, so you'll have the opportunity to work alongside some of the best in the health industry. You will gain invaluable experience from our multidisciplinary support network. Plus, you will get exposure to a huge range of health projects, from services and infrastructure to ‘built environment’ works, working from concept phases and planning through to design & construction.

At the end of the programme, you will have skills and in-depth knowledge of the requirements to deliver an effective and successful project that meets the needs of key stakeholders and the community.

Who are we looking for?

Health project management requires a diverse range of skills so we are looking for people with experience from engineering, construction and design sectors, and those working in the health sector who are in people/patient/community-focused roles.

If studying MEPM-Health at the University of Auckland and working part-time as a CEHI trainee appeals, the CEHI Traineeship Programme could be a good fit. To be eligible to join CEHI you will need to be accepted into the MEPM-Health programme. Click here for more information. 

If you don't have experience, the CEHI Graduate Programme may be a good option for you.  To be accepted you will need to hold a recent degree related to engineering, architecture, construction or health. 

In line with Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand's equity goals, we encourage Māori and Pacific peoples to apply and take advantage of the scholarships on offer.

When do applications open?

Applications are now open.

What will I do as a CEHI Trainee? 

We believe the best way to learn is a blended approach combining tuition and on the job experience, so expect to work on some diverse projects right from the start.

Gaining hands-on experience across a wide range of projects, you'll rotate through different placements and discover what interests you, where your passions lie and what your future career direction could be. 

Along the way you'll get ongoing support and development opportunities from experienced supervisors and mentors.

How long are the programmes?

If you are accepted into the CEHI Traineeship programme, your programme spans approximately 20 months. There is a 50/50 split between study and work. Outside of semester times (including semester breaks), you will work full-time.

The graduate programme is a two-year programme.  You will rotate around the districts while being trained, upskilled and mentored by experienced project managers.

Where will I be working?

If you live in Auckland, you will be rotated on a four monthly basis, spending time working on various projects at Te Whatu Ora Counties Manukau, Waitematā, and Te Toka Tumai – Auckland.

In Tai Tokerau (Northland), and Te Manawa Taki (Waikato) trainees have the option of completing their training at these sites. These trainees will still be included in all CEHI professional development and activities.


How much will I get paid? 

There are set salaries for trainees and graduates. To find out more email


When do you get a holiday break?

The amount of annual leave is assessed on the number of hours worked. Most of the holidays are taken during the Christmas break.



Can I still enrol in MEPM-Health without joining the Centre of Excellence – Health Infrastructure?

Yes, you do not have to join the Centre of Excellence – Health Infrastructure to complete this qualification.

Are scholarships available?

If you are applying for a traineeship role with the Centre of Excellence – Health Infrastructure, you could be eligible for a scholarship. This can help you financially, while you are studying and working.

Once accepted into the programme, trainees can apply for a scholarship that covers a significant part of their tuition fees. A limited number of scholarships and applications are assessed against set criteria, so the awarding of a scholarship is fair and transparent.


Do you get opportunities for professional development outside of work and University studies?

Yes, CEHI provides opportunities to learn from leaders in the field to gain an in-depth understanding of all aspects of health infrastructure.

About us - Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand

Te Whatu Ora in the Waikato

Te Whatu Ora Waikato employs over 8,900 people in the Waikato across five hospital sites, a mental health inpatient service, two continuing care facilities, and a range of community and public health services.

Waikato Hospital, in Hamilton, is a major tertiary teaching hospital which also provides specialist services for the wider Te Manawa Taki region (Taranaki, Rotorua, Taupo, Gisborne, Whakatane, Tauranga). A secondary hospital is located in Thames, and three rural hospitals across Tokoroa, Te Kūiti and Taumarunui.

We serve a population of more than 425,000 in the Waikato, covering more than 21,000km2 from northern Coromandel to close to Mt Ruapehu in the south, and from Raglan on the west coast to Waihi on the east. 

Te Whatu Ora Te Toka Tumai Auckland

Te Whatu Ora Te Toka Tumai Auckland provides health services to the nearly 542,000 residents living in the Auckland district as well as regional services for Northland and Greater Auckland and specialist national services for the whole of New Zealand. We have more than one million patient contacts per year and are the fourth largest and one of the fastest-growing districts in the country. Over 11,000 people work here.  

Te Whatu Ora Waitematā

Te Whatu Ora Waitematā provides secondary hospital and community services from the North Shore and Waitakere Hospitals, and an additional 30 community centres throughout the district. Regional services include child disability, forensic psychiatric services, school dental services, and alcohol and drug services. Te Whatu Ora Waitematā is both the largest (more than 630,000 residents) and fastest-growing, district in New Zealand with a population that is demographically diverse.  Improving equity within our district is an important consideration for our service and facility planning. Over 130,000 people access our Emergency Departments and over 380,000 access our outpatient clinics each year. More than 8,600 people are employed by Te Whatu Ora Waitematā. Find out more.

Te Whatu Ora Counties Manukau

Te Whatu Ora Counties Manukau provides and funds health and disability services to an estimated 569,4001 people in 2019 who reside in the local authorities of Auckland, Waikato and Hauraki District. It is one of the fastest growing populations in New Zealand with simultaneously a youthful and ageing population.

Counties Manukau is home to New Zealand’s second largest Maaori population, largest population of Pacific peoples, as well as fast-growing Asian communities. Its population is diverse and vibrant with strong cultural values.

Te Whatu Ora Te Tai Tokerau

Te Whatu Ora Te Tai Tokerau, serves the Far North District, Whangarei District and Kaipara District (which equates to the Northland Region).

Acute services are provided through four hospitals, based at Whangārei, Dargaville, Kawakawa and Kaitaia, with elective surgery performed at Whangārei and Kaitaia. These services are supplemented by a network of community-based, outpatient and mental health services, a range of allied health services, and a public and population health unit. Some specialist services, like radiation treatment and neurology services, are provided from Auckland or through visiting specialists travelling to Northland.

Approximately 3,661 staff are employed at Te Tai Tokerau.