There has never been a better time to train, or retrain, on-the-job. All apprenticeships, plus traineeships in targeted sectors are free from 01 July 2020 until 31 December 2022 for new and current learners.

There are also government wage subsidies available for employers of apprentices in their first two years of training.

Free training

Free apprenticeships

All Competenz apprenticeships will be 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.

Free traineeships in targeted sectors

New and currently enrolled Competenz traineeships and micro-credentials in targeted sectors are fees free from 01 July 2020 to 31 December 2022 for some qualifications.

Already enrolled in training or have employees that are enrolled?

There is no paperwork to complete if you are enrolled in any apprenticeship or eligible traineeship. Your fees will be automatically covered from 01 July 2020 to 31 December 2022.

I've paid all my fees for the year – will I get a refund?

Annual fees already paid in eligible programmes, that are now covered by the TTAF will be reimbursed to Competenz by TEC in due course. Competenz will then issue you a credit note or refund, where applicable. You do not need to do anything to make this happen, we will be in touch once TEC have confirmed the process, and we have received the funds from TEC to credit you.

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Wage subsidies

Apprenticeship Boost

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.

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 Apprenticeships 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.



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Technology Access Fund for Learners

Free laptops and related products and data are available for first and second-year learners whose online learning has been disrupted by a lack of technology during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learners can apply up to 31 December 2020.

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