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Apprenticeship Support Programme

June 18, 2020

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 will be implemented from August 2020.

More details on how to apply will be available as soon as possible.

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

  • the new Apprenticeship Boost, which will help employers pay for new and existing apprentices in their first two years of training
  • an expansion to MSD's Mana in Mahi programme to help people into long-term work and gain a formal industry training qualification
  • 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 aims to provide support for employers to retain and take on new apprentices as the economy recovers from the impacts of COVID-19, so they can continue to earn and progress towards their qualifications.

This initiative recognises apprentices need more support from employers in their first two years while they are training and developing their skills.

Employers of first and second year apprentices who are in a Tertiary Education Commission approved New Zealand Apprenticeship or a Managed Apprenticeship will be able to apply for Apprenticeship Boost through the Ministry of Social Development (MSD).

Employers can apply for Apprenticeship Boost whether an apprentice has just started their training programme or is nearing the end of their first two years - right up until the apprentice has completed 24 months of their training programme (while the initiative is running).

Apprenticeship Boost will be paid at $1,000 a month for apprentices in their first 12 months of training, and $500 a month for apprentices in their second 12 months of training.

Apprenticeship Boost will be available from August 2020 and runs for 20 months.

For more information go to Work & Income / Work / Apprenticeship Support Programme