As part of the Budget 2020, New Zealand Education Minister Hon Chris Hipkins has announced that apprenticeships will be free from 1st July. The $320 million Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) will aid New Zealand's recovery from COVID-19 by keeping people in the workforce and allowing the opportunity for those displaced to retrain for industry showing high demand.
The fund will cover course fees, compulsory course costs, and compulsory student services fees paid by learners or employers to TEOs.
The free apprenticeship scheme will work alongside the Employer Apprenticeship subsidy scheme, more details on this to be announced by the NZ government shortly.
“That means we’ve removed costs for learners, apprentices or employers – for the next two and a half years, are targeting courses and programmes that are more likely to lead to jobs. We will also be deliberate in promoting vocational education for all ages."
Removing course fees to vocational education and training for NZ trades is a welcome and inspiring move to help fill the skills gap in our industry.
For full details on the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) head over to the TEC website.