New Zealand Apprenticeships

 In January 2014, New Zealand Apprenticeships (NZ Apprenticeships)  were introduced to provide a premier vocational pathway and quality support for all apprentices regardless of age.

NZ Apprenticeships:

  • provide an entry point into an occupation setting a person up for a career in an industry
  • meet any regulatory requirements for entry into an occupation
  • contain a strong theoretical component to support further learning, as well as a practical element.

The detailed criteria for New Zealand Apprenticeships are that:

  • an apprentice must be employed in the occupation for which they are training
  • throughout the apprenticeship, an apprentice must be supported by a training plan agreed by the apprentice, the employer and the organisation arranging the training
  • all NZ Apprenticeships will result in (at least) a level 4 New Zealand qualification comprising a minimum of 120 credits (ensuring a strong theoretical component).

The TEC approves all NZ Apprenticeships and maintains a register. It is expected that on completing a NZ Apprenticeship, the apprentice will be ‘work competent’ for the occupation in which they have been training, and that industry will determine the standard of competency to be met.

To find out what apprenticeships are available, and which industry training organisation to contact, refer to the NZ Apprenticeships Register (XLS, 90 Kb).

While the minimum requirement for a NZ Apprenticeship is a New Zealand qualification at level 4 of at least 120 credits, some NZ Apprenticeships may contain additional qualifications.

Support for NZ Apprenticeships

The Government expects all NZ Apprentices and employers to be well supported by their ITO to achieve a high level of successful completions of apprenticeships. ITOs will be required to make a minimum of four visits a year to the apprentice and maintain good communication with both the apprentice and employer. NZ Apprentices are funded at a higher rate than industry trainees from 2014 to ensure ITOs provide this level of support.

NZ Apprenticeships – logo and certificates

The TEC has created some guidelines for the use of the New Zealand Apprenticeships logo and its use for any collateral providers may require.

Guidelines for the NZA logo (Word, 55 Kb)

Interim arrangements for apprenticeships

The following criteria will enable some current apprenticeship qualifications to be funded at the NZ Apprenticeships rate through to 1 January 2016:

  • a trainee must be employed as an apprentice in the occupation for which they are training
  • throughout the apprenticeship a trainee must be supported by a training plan agreed by the apprentice, the employer and the organisation arranging the training; and either
  • complex arrangements (multiple qualifications) of at least 120 credits can make up a NZ Apprenticeship, provided they include only level 3 and 4 qualifications and at least 60 credits of any complex arrangement is at level 4; or
  • national qualifications at level 4 of at least 120 credits can make up a NZ Apprenticeship.

The TEC will have the discretion to approve funding for all NZ Apprentice arrangements on an ongoing basis.

Interim arrangements will apply to some apprenticeships and qualifications that are yet to undergo a mandatory review. Any interim arrangements will be discussed with the relevant ITO as part of the Investment Plan process.

Apprenticeship Reboot Subsidy

To lift participation in apprenticeships, new apprentices/trainees who sign up for training before 31 December 2014 will be able to apply for $1,000 towards the cost of tools and off-job course costs, or $2,000 for those in priority trades.

Employers will also be eligible for an equal payment.

Please see a list of Priority Trades.

Who can get the Reboot subsidy?

To be eligible for the Reboot subsidy, apprentices/trainees will:

  • have signed a new industry training agreement commencing between 6 March 2013* and 31 December 2014 (inclusive); and
  • have been actively training for at least 90 days and have completed those 90 days training by 30 June 2015; and
  • be either:
  • a New Zealand Apprentice (for new training agreements signed after 1 January 2014); or
  • for training agreements signed before 31 December 2013, apprentices/trainees must be either:
     a New Zealand Apprentice; or
     a trainee enrolled in a programme of study of at least 120 credits at Level 4 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF)**; or
     a Modern Apprentice enrolled in a programme of study at Levels 3 or 4 on the NZQF; and
  • not be in employment subsidised by a Ministry of Social Development (MSD) wage subsidy or other government funding; and
  • have not already received, or have applied for, other government funding for tools and equipment.

To be eligible for an equal payment an employer will:

  • be employing an apprentice/trainee that is eligible for the Reboot subsidy; and
  • not be receiving a MSD wage subsidy, or other government funding, for the eligible apprentice/trainee.

*A new training agreement must also be associated with a new enrolment on or after 6 March 2013.

** This means a qualification at level 4 on the NZQF that is comprised of at least 120 credits. Some credits within the qualification may be at lower levels on the NZQF.

Frequently Asked Questions (Word, 64 Kb)

Apply now

Eligible apprentices or trainees and their employers can submit their application for the Reboot payment to their industry training organisation.

Applications must be submitted to industry training organisations by 30 June 2015 to be considered for payment.

Download or print the application form and supporting information.

Modern Apprenticeship

On 1 January 2014 this scheme was replaced by the NZ Apprenticeship. There will be a four-year transition (through 2017) arrangement to allow those Modern Apprentices still in training to continue with their current arrangements, including support provided from their Modern Apprenticeship Coordinator.

Modern Apprenticeship Coordinators (MACs) have coverage  to support Modern Apprentices who are employed and training in workplaces in the regions indicated.

You need to get in touch with a Modern Apprenticeship Coordinator (MAC) (Excel, 185 Kb).

Where regional coverage for a MAC is indicated as Group Coverage Only, the MAC may only provide support for Modern Apprentices who are employed directly in a Group Training Scheme in that region. A Group Training Scheme is one where apprentices are actually employed by the MAC organisation which oversees their training although on a daily basis the apprentice works for a Host Employer to learn the trade.

How do I confirm completion of my apprenticeship?

Fill in the Request for Apprenticeship Record form (Word, 61 Kb) and email it, with a photocopy of your identification, to sectorhelpdesk@tec.govt.nz or mail to:
PO Box 27-048
Wellington 6141

We will search the Register of Apprentices on your behalf. Details of apprenticeships completed after 1993 may be held by the respective industry training organisation.

  • Last changed: 9 July 2014