Infrastructure apprenticeship and training

funding support for industry training

Did you know there are several funds to support industry training and apprenticeships?


The Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund

The Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF or Free Trades Training) was announced by the Government in 2020 to support work based learning. The scheme makes apprenticeships and most training programmes free. TTAF is coming to an end on 31 December 2022. Find out more.

What is covered by TTAF?

The fund is available to cover the fees normally paid by the trainee/ employer. Including:

  • Enrolment fees
  • Course fees (Annual fees)
  • Compulsory course costs including block courses
  • External assessment fees
Who is eligible?
  • TTAF is available for trainees of all ages.
  • The fund is available to support all trainees regardless of whether they have undertaken prior study.  Those with previous qualifications, including higher qualifications, are eligible to receive this fund.
  • The fund is available for those enrolling or who are currently enrolled in eligible programmes from 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2022.
For a list of Connexis programmes eligible for TTAF - click here
How does assessment for TTAF programmes work?

The assessment process has not changed.  What has changed is that external assessment fees are now covered by TTAF for assessments against eligible TTAF programmes. Connexis registered assessors will send TTAF programme invoices direct to Connexis.


What will training cost after TTAF ends on 31 December 2022?

It is not yet clear what training will cost from 1 January 2023.

Details of the new Unified Funding System (UFS) for vocational education and other subsidies such as Fees Free are still being finalised by the Government.

We understand employers need certainty to plan for future training costs and we’ll update you on 2023 fees once the Government finalises the UFS and the eligibility criteria for Fees Free. We expect to be able to provide more information by mid-2022.

Key dates:

April 2022 – Proposed rates of funding for 2023 and transition advice announced by TEC

June 2022 – Indicative funding allocations to providers to be confirmed

Q3 2022 – Criteria for Fees Free to be announced

31 December 2022 - TTAF closes

1 January 2023 – the UFS to take effect

Please contact your local Customer Service Account Manager if you have questions or would like to discuss this further. Or email us on


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:

1. Apprenticeship Boost 

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.

  • Eligibility: Apprenticeship Boost is available if your apprentices are:
    • actively training through a transitional Industry Training Organisation (ITO) or a provider.
    • training for a New Zealand Apprenticeship or Managed Apprenticeship recognised by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC).
    • in their first 24 months of training (this includes any previous apprenticeship enrolment with the same transitional ITO or provider).
    • Funding:
      • Until 4 August 2022, $1,000 per month for an apprentice who is in their first 12 months of training.
      • From 5 August 2023, $500 per month for an apprentice in their first 12 months of training.
      • $500 per month for an apprentice who is in their second 12 months of training.
    • Applications: Apply through the Ministry of Social Development (MSD). For further details on how to apply visit the Work and Income website here.
    • Dates: This wage subsidy can be claimed for a maximum period of 20 months and is available from Wednesday 5 August 2020 until December 2023.

      To find out more visit the Work and Income website's Apprenticeship Boost page.

      2. Mana in Mahi programme

      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.

      • Eligibility: 
        • The programme is currently for 12 months and will be extended to 24 months.
        • You do not need to be enrolling your employee into an apprenticeship to apply for this.
      • Funding:  Includes a wage subsidy for employers, funding for pre-employment training, ongoing access to pastoral care and incentive payments for participating employees.
        • Wage subsidy will be increased up to $16,000 for first year participants and $8,000 for a second-year participant.
      • Dates:  From August 2020 the programme support will be extended.
      • Applications:  Through Work and Income email: or call 0800 778 008

      Click here for more information

      3. The Regional Apprenticeships Initiative

      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.

      Employers must top up their funding to ensure apprentices are paid at least the relevant minimum wage or training wage and not be accessing a wage subsidy or other similar apprenticeship support from any other source.

      • Eligibility:
        • This only covers NZ Apprenticeship programmes
        • This is not eligible for existing apprenticeship trainees
        • This is not eligible for employers based in Auckland, Christchurch or Wellington.

      Click here for more information

      • Applications: 
        • Small employers taking on less than 10 apprentices can register interest by contacting the third party providers listed here
        • The RAI is now closed to new applicants who are larger employers taking on 10+ apprentices.
      Group Training Schemes

      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.

      Maori Trades and Training Fund

      The Māori Trades Fund previously called the Māori Apprenticeships Fund have $50m allocated over 2 years to allow for a range of approaches. This will be grant-based via MBIE and approved by the Ministers of Employment and Māori-Crown Relations. Grants may cover wage subsidies, pastoral care, support of pre-employment pathways, group training schemes and more. Capital projects might also be funded, after further consideration. Projects will need to be Māori-led.

      Applicants should complete an expression of interest form and email it to


      If you have any questions, send it through to us here and and we will reply once we have the required information available.