Government Funding & Support for Industry Training

We support your employees as they learn with purpose.

There are three parties to a New Zealand Apprenticeship or Certificate - the employee, the employer, and a work based learning subsidiary. Each party has unique responsibilities.

  • The employee is expected to work and learn.
  • The employer is expected to train and support their employee.
  • Our responsibility, as a training specialist, is to facilitate the training and support both you and your employee throughout their training.

There are several ways the Government can support and help fund your on-job training & help you build a skilled workforce.


Fees Free tertiary education and training is a policy introduced in 2018 to expand participation in tertiary education and reduce student debt in New Zealand. It is targeted towards first-time learners.



Fees Free tertiary education and training is a policy introduced in 2018 to expand participation in tertiary education and reduce student debt in New Zealand. It is targeted towards first-time learners.

If you are a first-time tertiary learner, or your first tertiary education was covered by the Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF), you may be able to get up to $12,000 of your fees covered for one year’s study or two years’ training. If you are eligible, we’ll organise payment of your fees with the Tertiary Education Commission. 

View our Fees Free eligible programmes here.

Check your eligibility here


The Apprenticeship support programme supports employers to retain and bring on new apprentices. This employer wage subsidy fund is available, in addition to the Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund, through one of the following 3 programmes, along with support for existing Group Training Schemes:


Apprenticeship Boost is a wage subsidy to help employers retain and take on new apprentices. This scheme has been extended to the end of 2023. It was previously due to end on 4 August 2022. However, the level of funding for first-year apprentices will change from 5 August 2023.

Check your eligibility here

Apprenticeship Support Programme

Apprenticeships (and pre-apprenticeship training) provide high-quality pathways that generally lead to good long-term employment outcomes, often in skill shortage areas.  As employers deal with the economic impacts of COVID-19, it is important that we support them to retain existing and continue to bring on new apprentices. If we don’t address this, as well as affecting individual workers’ jobs, this situation may weaken the skills pipeline that we need to support our economic recovery and rebuild over the coming years.

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This is an existing programme that has had $30.3 million in new funding through extension of the funding and programme criteria.

The programme supports people disadvantaged in the labour market into long-term work.

Funding includes a wage subsidy for employers, funding for pre-employment training, ongoing access to pastoral care and incentive payments for participating employees

Check your eligibility here


The $40 million Regional Apprenticeships Initiative (RAI), funded through the Provincial Growth Fund, will support up to 1,000 new apprentices and their employers in regional New Zealand across a range of sectors.

The initial focus will be on helping recently displaced workers and Māori and Pacific peoples into apprenticeships. Once that initial need has been met, the fund will be open to all regional apprentices and employers.

The RAI allows for up to $40,000 per apprentice, which includes a wage subsidy aligned to the Apprenticeship Support Programme.

Check your eligibility here

Eligibility for Group Training Schemes

To find out more about your eligibility - contact your local CSAM and talk through the criteria and options available for your on-job training schemes in a group setting.



Seven existing industry-based training programmes which employ apprentices and trainees and provide related services to host employers will be provided $19 million worth of additional funding.

This funding will be provided by TEC who will be contacting the eligible schemes direct. If you have laid off an apprentice, you can rehire that apprentice and receive support from the Apprentice Boost initiative.

All employers who have an apprentice will be able to receive a base subsidy rate up to $12,000 per annum for first year apprentices and $6,000 per annum for second year apprentices, through the Apprentice Boost Initiative, to a cap of $16,000 total. Mana in Mahi and some Regional Apprenticeship participants will get a higher subsidy to reflect the different level of need of individual apprentices (or pre-apprentice trainees) involved.

Check your eligibility here

Māori Trades and Training Fund

The Māori Trades and Training Fund (MTTF) is designed to encourage Māori organisations to try different approaches to engaging and keeping Māori in employment-focused training opportunities. The MTTF funds kaupapa Māori projects so they can offer employment-based training alongside support services, such as pastoral care.

Projects are Māori-led and offer benefits that are specific and relevant to Māori. Projects will help develop skills:

  • that are in demand in the job market
  • to enter and progress in sustainable employment.

The Fund is available across Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Ministry of Social Development and Te Puni Kōkiri work together to approve applications to the Māori Trades and Training Fund.

Check your eligibility here

How to register your interest

If you are a Māori entity and would like to apply for funding through the Māori Trades and Training Fund, please download and complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) form.