Apprenticeship Boost coming to an end on 4 August

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Apprenticeship Boost is a $380.6 million wage subsidy offered by Ministry of Social Development (MSD) to support employers to keep and take on apprentices. The payment is made directly to employers and was established to keep apprentices earning and training towards their qualifications as the economy recovers from the impacts of Covid.

Apprenticeship Boost will be available until 4 August 2022. Applications will be accepted up to that date but payments will not be available after the initiative closes.

Who is eligible?

Apprenticeship Boost is available to employers with apprentices who are:

  • training for a New Zealand Apprenticeship or Managed Apprenticeship recognised by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC); and
  • in their first 24 months of training.

It can be claimed for a maximum of 20 months.

Payment rates

  • $1,000 per month for an apprentice who is in their first 12 months of training. 
  • $500 per month for an apprentice who is in their second 12 months of training. 

To find out more or to apply, visit the Work and Income website.