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Is now the time to get an apprentice?

There’s never been a better time to train! Take advantage now of free fees on all apprenticeships and targeted traineeships, as well as Government wage subsidies.

This is also the opportunity to address New Zealand’s skills shortages in key industries, as well as Kiwis looking for redeployment opportunities and who need a path to reskilling. The Apprenticeship Boost combined with free fees on apprenticeships means employers can train staff to meet their business needs.

How does Competenz help?

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

How do I fund my apprentice?

An apprentice is a fully paid member of your staff who is learning on-the-job. 

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.

Apprenticeship Boost helps employers support new and existing apprentices in their first two years of training with a wage subsidy. Employers could receive up to $16,000 per apprentice, across 20 months of their working and training.

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

Apprenticeship Boost will be available from August 2020 and runs for 20 months.

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 for a maximum period of 20 months. This is administered by Work and Income.

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.

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.

Targeted traineeships in these sectors are fees free

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

Manufacturing Engineering

Food and Beverage Processing

Fire Protection 




Textile Making

Plastics Processing Technology

Footwear Making

Wood Machining and Turning

Cabinet Making

Furniture Upholstery and Renovation

Furniture Polishing

Manufacturing Engineering and Technology not elsewhere classified.

Wood Based Manufacturing

Pulp and Paper

Materials Engineering

Ceramics, Industrial Glass and Rubber Manufacturing

Food (excluding Seafood) Processing Technology

Cellar ops

Painting and Coatings

Process and Resources Engineering not elsewhere classified.

Mechanical Engineering

Industrial Engineering


Metal Fitting, Turning and Machining

Sheetmetal Working

Boiler-making and Welding

Metal Casting and Pattern Making

Precision Metalworking

Plant and Machine Operations

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering & Technology not elsewhere classified

Refrigeration, Heating and Air Conditioning.


Silviculture and Harvesting

Solid Wood Processing

Wood based Manufacturing.

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

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