The government has made it more affordable for employers to take on apprentices with two years fees-free industry training through Competenz. This means the fees usually paid by employers and apprentices in the first two years are free for some people.
The policy came into effect on 1 January 2018 and has recently been confirmed for 2019.
Competenz has already signed up more than 450 apprentices who qualify for fees-free training. So there’s no better time to take on an apprentice.
For people already working in the industry who haven't completed tertiary training before, it's an opportunity to start getting qualified at no cost.
And for school leavers it’s a pretty attractive alternative to university – two years fees-free instead of one, and you get to earn money while you learn, avoiding a huge student loan.
Apprentices can check their eligibility at www.feesfree.govt.nz before signing a training agreement.