This study looks into Maori and Pasifika workplace training. Outside forestry, Māori learners are enrolling in industry training at a rate that is considerably lower than the rate at which they participate in the workforce; and Pasifika learners are enrolling in workplace trades training at a rate that is considerably lower than the rate at which they participate in the workforce. The Government’s Tertiary Education Strategy 2014 to 2019 has made lifting the number of Māori and Pasifika learners who enrol in and complete education at higher levels a priority. The key questions this study addresses: (1) how relevant is a learner’s ethnicity in predicting how likely they are to enrol in and complete a qualification?; (2) how can we help our Māori and Pasifika learners build their skills?