More Government Funding for Apprenticeships

May 20, 2020

In the 2020 Budget, the government has allocated increased funding to apprenticeship training.

New Zealanders of all ages could receive trades training, Hipkins said.

The package will include $334m for additional tertiary education enrolments, $141m to support tertiary and trades education and $32m to meet demand in trades academies.”   – Stuff 14/05/2020


New Zealand Apprenticeships teach you a trade such as:

  • building
  • engineering
  • hairdressing, barbering or beauty
  • agriculture or horticulture
  • electrical
  • plumbing
  • carpentry
  • tourism
  • sports or fitness.

As an apprentice, you:

  • work for, and learn from, an employer who supports you through your apprenticeship while you are employed (and paid)
  • complete practical, on-the-job assessments such as showing you can lay carpet/ fit wiring/build walls
  • attend courses that are part of the apprenticeship such as block courses, evening courses and day-release classes
  • complete written assessments.

Careers NZ information about apprenticeships

Different views about studying or working in an apprenticeship

Electrical apprenticeships

NZ Herald article about Budget 2020 and apprenticeships

How to get an apprenticeship in NZ

Videos of many jobs including apprenticeships