Apprenticeship Support Programme

The Apprenticeship Support Programme is a cross-agency government response to help employers retain and bring on new apprentices, including Mana in Mahi participants, while dealing with the effects of COVID-19.

Employers and businesses will be able to access support from either Apprenticeship Boost, Mana in Mahi, or the Regional Apprenticeships Initiative. The Group Training Schemes which some employers are part of will also receive additional support.

The Apprenticeship Support Programme is delivered from a number of government agencies and includes:

  • the new Apprenticeship Boost, to help employers keep and take on new apprentices in their first two years of training
  • an expansion to MSD's Mana in Mahi programme to help people who need additional support to gain long-term work and a formal industry qualification, and better support the employers investing in them
  • support for seven existing Group Training Schemes to help them continue to employ some 1,700 apprentices and trainees
  • the new Regional Apprenticeships Initiative, funded through the Provincial Growth Fund, which will support employers in the regions to take up new apprentices.

Apprenticeship Boost

Apprenticeship Boost is a payment to help employers keep and take on new apprentices.

It means apprentices can keep earning and training towards their qualifications as the economy recovers from the impacts of COVID-19.

Mana in Mahi expansion

Mana in Mahi was launched in August 2018 and aims to help people who are at risk of being on a benefit for a long time move into long-term work and gain a formal industry qualification.

The programme has been expanded to help a broader range of people who will need additional support to gain and maintain employment in the current labour market, while also better supporting their employers.

The newly expanded programme includes:

  • a longer period of support and pastoral care (up to 24 months while the participant remains in training)
  • an increased wage subsidy of up to $16,000 in the first year and up to $8,000 in the second year for each participant
  • continued help with pre-employment training (up to $2,000)
  • funding of up to $8,000 per year for each participant towards industry training course fees (where not covered under Fees Free or the Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund scheme), with a maximum of $16,000 over 24 months
  • a payment of up to $2,000 each year for additional educational supports (such as funding for literacy and numeracy training)
  • incentive payments for participants of up to $6,000 over two years.

More information about the programme

Group Training Schemes

Group Training Schemes are existing industry-based training programmes which employ apprentices and trainees and provide related services to host employers.

Funding will be provided to the seven Group Training Schemes so they can continue to employ their apprentices. This will enable a quick restart of training once business opportunities improve for host businesses.

In the meantime apprentices will undertake off-job training, working with industry training organisations and vocational training providers.

This wil help ensure apprentices can continue with their training.

The Tertiary Education Commission will contact eligible Group Training Schemes with details on how to apply for funding.

The Regional Apprenticeships Initiative

A new regional apprenticeship scheme which will provide funding for regional employers to support them to take on new apprenticeships. The scheme will initially focus on displaced workers, and Māori and Pacific Peoples.