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?
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.
All apprenticeships in our 37 sectors are fees free
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:
Food and Beverage Processing
Plastics Processing Technology
Wood Machining and Turning
Furniture Upholstery and Renovation
Manufacturing Engineering and Technology not elsewhere classified.
Wood Based Manufacturing
Pulp and Paper
Ceramics, Industrial Glass and Rubber Manufacturing
Food (excluding Seafood) Processing Technology
Painting and Coatings
Process and Resources Engineering not elsewhere classified.
Metal Fitting, Turning and Machining
Boiler-making and Welding
Metal Casting and Pattern Making
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
- Wood Manufacturing