Funding for wages and training

Wage and training support to help you recruit and up-skill people.

Flexi wage subsidy

Ministry of Social Development

Flexi-wage is a subsidy available to employers to help a new staff member develop the skills needed for the job.

What it's about

If you hire a Work and Income candidate and they need more skills for the role, you may be able to get a wage subsidy to support their training or mentoring.

Who it's for

Employers can get the Flexi-wage subsidy for an employee if they are a Work and Income candidate.  There are other criteria you need to meet as well – these are outlined on the Work and Income website.

What it offers

Work and Income will help you develop a plan for the candidate, and discuss the subsidy amount and how it’s paid to you.

Te Ara Mahi: Pathways to Work

Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Learn about Te Ara Mahi funding opportunities to support people in your community connect with work, recruit and train new staff, and upskill your existing workforce.

What it's about

Te Ara Mahi (TAM) funds programmes in regional communities across New Zealand that support local people into local jobs. TAM programmes should address region-specific needs, and target groups of people within your community who would benefit from extra/targeted support.

Who it's for

Employers and community organisations outside Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch metropolitan areas.

What it offers

  • Funding opportunities for employment programmes in the regions.
  • Opportunities for communities to deliver programmes that support people who need more support on their employment pathway than is currently available.

Skills for industry

Ministry of Social Development

If candidates need industry specific skills for a job, we may be able to offer you funding and support to help with short-term pre-employment or in-work training.

What it's about

Skills for Industry is designed to help you to hire new staff and make sure they have training in skills specific to their role. The programmes, delivered by you to meet your requirements, or by a provider, are designed to be short, cost effective, address skill and labour shortages and provide assistance with in-work support.

Who it's for

If candidates need industry specific skills for a job, we may be able to offer you funding and support to help with short-term pre-employment or in-work training.

What it offers

Skills for Industry training can be delivered by you to meet your requirements, or by a provider. It can include

  • entry level training:
    • health and safety
    • business or industry induction
    • basic skills training, including licences
  • on-the-job training
  • industry qualifications once in employment
  • in-work support

Mainstream Employment Programme

Ministry of Social Development

You can support people with a disability or health condition into work through Work and Income's Mainstream Employment Programme. The programme runs for up to one year.

What it's about

Employment Service providers will work with you to find a suitable position for a candidate, depending on their skills and employment goals.

Who it's for

Employers who want to support a person with a disability or health condition into work.

What it offers

You get a wage subsidy and funding for training and equipment, as well as on-the-job support. 

Cadetships

Te Puni Kōkiri

Boost the future of your business while developing the leadership and career paths of promising Māori employees. Partner with Te Puni Kōkiri to grow Māori leaders.

What it's about

Te Puni Kōkiri Cadetships supports Māori to achieve their potential in the workplace, and contribute to thriving, innovative and resilient businesses. It works by providing funding for employers to design, develop and implement tailored training and development programmes for Māori staff (who can be newly employed, or existing staff members), that will improve their skills, employability and earnings, and provide opportunities for them to move into leadership roles. Ideally, Cadetships programmes encompass elements of tikanga to support cadets to increase their confidence and mana.

Who it's for

Large, medium, and small employers, in a range of industries are encouraged to partner with Te Puni Kōkiri to deliver Cadetships programmes. Cadetships are largely aimed at supporting Māori of all ages who are moving to the next stage of their career, into management roles or leadership positions. They can also support new employees to accelerate their skills-development and opportunities for progression.

What it offers

For employers
Te Puni Kōkiri Cadetships:

  • provides up to $10,000 per cadet for training and development
  • invests in the future of the business economy
  • encourages growth in a range of industries both national and regional
  • contributes to thriving, innovative and resilient businesses, while increasing diversity and links to Māori communities.

For cadets
Te Puni Kōkiri Cadetships:

  • provides cadets with an opportunity for progression into the next stage of their career
  • develops Māori leadership and career progression
  • provides employer-led pastoral care throughout
  • helps to improve well-being and thriving whānau.

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