Apprenticeship Support Programme

17 June 2020.

The Government has announced new initiatives to help employers retain and bring on new apprentices, and Mana in Mahi participants.

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 and includes:

  • the Ministry of Education's new Apprenticeship Boost, which will help employers pay for new and existing apprentices in their first two years of training
  • an expansion to Ministry of Social Development's Mana in Mahi programme to help people into long-term work and gain a formal industry training qualification
  • additional funding for the Tertiary Education Commission's seven Group Training Schemes to continue to employ 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.

Read more details about the programme