Apprenticeships

Support for employers with existing and new apprentices.

Mana in Mahi

Ministry of Social Development

Mana in Mahi provides a range of support to help you bring on new employees and develop the skills needed for your business. At the same time, it helps New Zealanders who need additional support to gain and maintain employment in the current labour market. 

What it's about

Work and Income can help you develop the skills needed for your business during New Zealand’s economic recovery and rebuild. When you hire an employee through Mana in Mahi, you can get funding and support to recruit, train and keep them engaged.

Who it's for

You need to have a permanent full-time or part-time position you want to fill and be willing to commit to supporting your new employee on a pathway towards a formal industry qualification.

What it offers

You can get a wage subsidy of up to $16,000 for the employee’s first year and up to $8,000 for their second year, depending on their training pathway. Payments are available to help with pre-employment and industry training costs. Mana in Mahi also provides pastoral support for up to 24 months, providing additional security while you support and mentor an employee in training.

Apprenticeship Boost

Ministry of Social Development

Financial support scheme for employers to keep or hire new apprentices. The scheme runs for 20 months from 5 August 2020.

What it's about

Funding for employers to help them support their apprentices to train and develop their skills.

Who it's for

Employers of apprentices in their first or second year of a New Zealand Apprenticeship or a Managed Apprenticeship approved by the Tertiary Education Commission.

What it offers

Payments to employers of $1,000 a month for first year apprentices, and $500 a month for second year apprentices. 

Māori Trades and Training Fund

Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Learn about the Māori Trades and Training Fund and how to access funding to support community-led employment and training programmes. The fund encourages partnerships between Māori and the Crown that empower solutions by Māori, for Māori.

What it's about

The Māori Trades and Training Fund provides funding to support community-led employment and training programmes for Māori.

Who it's for

Māori entities - Iwi, Hapū, Māori businesses.

What it offers

  • Funding towards trainee wages and allowances.
  • Supports the cost of providing further support services such as pastoral care.
  • Funding towards administration and coordination costs.

Regional Apprenticeships Initiative

Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Learn about the Regional Apprenticeships Initiative and how to access funding to take on and support new apprentices in your organisation.

What it's about

The Regional Apprenticeships Initiative provides funding for employers in the regions to take on and support apprentices through their apprenticeship.

Who it's for

Employers outside Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch metropolitan areas who want to take on an apprentice.

What it offers

  • Wage-subsidy for employers.
  • Funding to help with business support and pastoral care so employers and apprentices can successfully maintain the apprenticeship.

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