There’s never been a better time to train your workforce! With free fees on all apprenticeships and targeted traineeships, as well as Apprenticeship Boost wage subsidies, employers are being given a golden opportunity to address skills shortages.


We help employers to assess and plan training programmes, traineeships and apprenticeships for their new or existing team members, and with funding entitlements.
We can help recruit suitable candidates via our Jobseeker service.
Our training advisors are in contact with employers and learners throughout the learners’ training, to ensure they are developing the right skills at the right pace.

Training solutions to fit your business

To scale your business, aligning workforce skills with strategic direction is important. We recommend training solutions to suit your workforce and strategic direction.

What are the benefits of workforce development? 

Most companies provide onboarding and compliance training. There are even more benefits to adopting a workforce development approach:

  • Fill the skills gap more efficiently, by creating pool of "promotable" staff through training
  • Provide employees with knowledge and confidence to improve their skills, processes and outputs
  • Keep teams up to date on the latest technologies that can be a competitive advantage
  • Training and upskilling has been linked to increased employee satisfaction

The first step in determining what sort of training programme you should run is a skills competency assessment

How to perform a workforce competency assessment?

We've prepared a simple skills assessment questionnaire to help employers get started. 

Depending on the number of staff you employ, it may be necessary to connect with one of our Industry Training advisors to help develop your training solution.


Identifying training needs


No two businesses are the same. We uncover your business needs, look at your processes and technology, the standards your customers might demand and determine, and the skills your employees require.

Develop a training plan


We will match your workplace competencies to nationally-recognised standards and qualifications, provide access to literacy and numeracy support where needed, and develop flexible learning pathways that translate into tailored and detailed training plans.

Arrange training


We will help you with your in-house training processes or to establish a relationship with the best training provider for your needs, should one be required.

Provide ongoing support


We provide an experienced account manager located in your region to handle the arrangements and track the progress of your staff in training.

Funding options

All apprenticeships in our 37 sectors are fees-free. There are four separate funds that have been set up to help employers train apprentices and staff. 

Apprenticeship Boost

This is a wage subsidy for employers of new and currently enrolled, first and second-year apprentices.

Apprenticeship Boost is available until August 2022.

An employer of an apprentice who is in the first year of their apprenticeship will be eligible for $1,000 per month, and the employer of an apprentice in their second year is eligible for $500 per month. Terms and conditions apply. Apprenticeship Boost is administered by Work and Income.

Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (free apprenticeships and traineeships)

Competenz apprenticeships are fees free from 01 July 2020 to December 31 2022, for all currently enrolled and new apprentices. This includes resources, block courses, night classes, study groups and eLearning fees.

The fund also covers level 3 to 7 New Zealand Certificate targeted traineeships and micro-credentials in these sectors:

  • Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology
  • Process and Resource Engineering
  • Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and technology
  • Forestry

The fund also covers level 2 New Zealand Certificate targeted traineeships in these sectors:

  • Food and Beverage Processing
  • Furniture
  • Manufacturing
  • Packaging
  • Plastics
  • Wood Manufacturing

Mana in Mahi programme extension

This is a wage subsidy and other pastoral care for employers of new and currently enrolled, first and second-year apprentices through Work and Income’s Mana in Mahi scheme. The wage subsidy will be increased up to $16,000 for the first year and up to $8,000 for a second year. This is administered by Work and Income.

Regional Apprenticeship Initiative

Under the provincial growth fund, this is a wage subsidy and additional business support of up to $40,000 per apprentice. The scheme will initially focus on displaced workers, and Māori and Pasifika. This is administered by Work and Income.




Setting up to take on an apprentice

Here are some practical steps to bring on an apprentice into your company.

Advertise the role or train a staff member

If you have an existing staff member you want to train as an apprentice, fill out and one of our industry training advisors will help with setting up the learner contract, necessary applications to enrol in the right learning programme and funding arrangements.

If you're interested in hiring an apprentice, , and we'll advertise the role to our database of people interested in an apprenticeship in your area. 

Time away from work

Apprenticeships and traineeships deliver most of the training on-the-job. Some training in certain apprenticeships is provided off-site, and this is organised with significant advance notice. Typically staff are away for 2 - 3 weeks.

Support during study

Our training advisors have regular 3-monthly check-ins with apprentices. They also check in with the trainers and participate in assessing an apprentice's training to ensure that skills development is progressing at the desired pace.

Ask an expert

Still have questions or want more specific advice. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions which is updated frequently. If you can't find an answer, please contact us using the form on the bottom right. We are currently experiencing high demand, so answers typically take two business days.