The Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) will pay costs of learners of all ages to undertake vocational education and training, encouraging study in industries that will give learners better employment prospects post COVID-19.
However, apprentices currently working in all industries including tourism will have costs paid and in many cases apprentices, trainees and learners at tertiary providers will save between $2500 and $6500 per year.
Education Minister Chris Hipkins said the fund, announced as part of Budget 2020, will encourage and support New Zealanders to undertake vocational education and training in these high-demand industries.
“Circumstances dictate the need to move fast. Starting on 1 July, and for the rest of 2020”, the targeted vocational programmes include: agriculture, horticulture and viticulture, fisheries (including aquaculture) and forestry; Construction, including building, plumbing, and civil engineering; Community support, including youth work, care for elderly, counselling and community health, including mental health and addiction support; Manufacturing and mechanical engineering and technology; Electrical engineering; and Road transport.
Furthermore, industries such as tourism and hospitality that are outside the targeted list will also be eligible for fees support because they have been hardest hit by COVID-19, this will enable employers to keep their apprentices on.
Apprentices and learners whose courses started earlier in the year but continue beyond 1 July will also be eligible for a partial refund.
“For 2021, we will refine these initial targeted areas to reflect the work that is underway across government to better understand how industry workforce needs are being affected by COVID-19 and what skills will be needed to support the country’s economic recovery,” Chris Hipkins said.
The fund will cover course fees, compulsory course costs, and compulsory student services fees paid by learners or employers to TEOs. Full details will be on TEC’s Website.
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