In June 2020 the Government announced details around the $320m Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF), just one part of the $1.6b Trades and Apprenticeships training package recently announced in the 2020 Budget. This is an exciting development, and is very good news for our sectors. The Government also announced the Apprenticeship Boost (a wage subsidy for new and existing apprentices).  More details are available here

Our Chief Executive Jane Wenman, welcomes the announcement.

“The health and wellbeing sectors continue to face workforce shortage challenges, brought about by an ageing and increasingly diverse population, and an associated ageing workforce in many areas. This is being exacerbated by COVID-19 related immigration restrictions. Any Government funding that will support new people into the sector, and remove any barriers to workforce development is welcomed.”

The finer details of how TTAF will work including eligibility criteria are still being finalised. However, we have already started receiving a number of enquiries, so wanted to share with you what we do know to date. We will share further information as it becomes available. In the meantime, this is what we do know.

  • The fund will remove costs for eligible programmes in targeted areas for learners, apprentices and employers, for the next two and a half years through to December 2022. The fund will be targeted towards particular industry skill needs where demand from employers for these skills will continue to be strong, or is expected to grow, during New Zealand’s recovery period from the impacts of COVID-19.
  • Many of our sectors have been included as targeted areas, with “Community support, including youth work, care for elderly, counselling and community health, including mental health and addiction support” specifically highlighted.
  • We can confirm that effective from 1 July 2020, there is no enrolment cost for the following qualifications:
    • All apprenticeship programmes
    • NZ Certificate in Health & Wellbeing Level 2 & Level 3
    • NZ Certificate in Youth Work Level 3 & Level 4
    • NZ Certificate in Health & Wellbeing Level 4, Advanced Support
    • NZ Certificate in Pest Operations Level 3, Urban Pest Control
    • New Zealand Diploma in Health and Wellbeing (Level 5) Applied Practice

At the time of writing we are continuing to work through the details with the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), including reconsideration of additional qualifications which are not presently eligible, but which we feel meet the criteria and intent of the fund. We will share further information as it becomes available.

  • While the funding is for the period through to December 2022, the list of eligible qualifications may change over that period, so we cannot assume that the above qualifications will be covered for this entire period.

We will update this web page with more information as it becomes available. Also, check out the Beehive and TEC websites for further information.


Please refer to the following information relating to the Code of Good Practice for NZ Apprenticeships and expectations around literacy and numeracy:

TEC Code of Good Practice for NZ Apprenticeships

Literacy and Numeracy Requirements

Last updated 29 June 2020