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Fees Free

Fees Free has been re-instated from 2023. It is a Government initiative targeted at first-time learners. If you are eligible, your training and assessment will be covered by Fees Free for the first 24 months of your training. To check your eligibility, use the NSN checker tool at www.feesfree.govt.nz. You will need to enter your National Student Number (NSN).

Apprenticeship Boost

Your employer may be eligible for a wage subsidy for new and currently enrolled, first and second-year apprentices. Employers of an apprentice who is in the first two years of their apprenticeship will be eligible for $500 per month for a maximum period of 24 months. Apprenticeship Boost is open until 31 December 2023.

Find out more on the Work and Income website.

Mana in Mahi programme

The Mana in Mahi programme offers a wage subsidy of up to $16,000 for your first year of training and wrap-around on-the-job support to help you kick start your career. This programme is administered by Work and Income.

Find out more on the Work and Income website.

Regional Apprenticeship Fund

Under the Provincial Growth Fund, this is a wage subsidy and additional business support of up to $40,000 per apprentice, paid to their employer. Businesses need to employ a worker displaced by the effects of COVID-19 who is Māori or Pasifika. This is administered by Work and Income.

Find out more on the Work and Income website.