Registered training organisations are being encouraged to apply for funding through the latest round of the Tasmanian Government’s Apprentice and Trainee Training Fund (User Choice), with applications now open. The fund provides subsidies through grants to significantly reduce the cost of providing quality training and assessment for nationally recognised qualifications.
The apprenticeship support scheme, Apprenticeship Boost will provide businesses with up to $16,000 to help pay the cost of each apprentice for the first two years and is part of a wider government programme to keep apprentices in jobs and support employers to invest in new ones, as the country rebuilds the economy from the impact of COVID-19
The Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) will pay costs of learners of all ages to undertake vocational education and training and target support for areas of study and training that will give learners better employment prospects as New Zealand recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.
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More than 100,000 students and apprentices look set to get free training for two years from July thanks to a $1.6 billion retraining package announced recently by the NZ government.
NZ Education Minister Chris Hipkins has said making targeted vocational training courses free – for all ages, not just school leavers – over the next two years will help people who have lost their jobs retrain and also allow new employees in some essential services to train on the job. It will include courses linked to industry skills needs, in building and construction, agriculture, and manufacturing, and also vocational courses like community health, counselling and care work. The fund will be available from 1 July 2020.
Experts question if vocational training in New Zealand can tackle the coming recession
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The Education Amendment Bill has been passed which includes establishing workforce development councils and centres of vocational excellence introducing a new focus for the government on trades and vocational education. Under the bill the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology will bring together all 16 polytechnics and institutes of technology to provide, arrange and support vocational education and training across the country.