If you want to support or train your staff, the government is here to help.
From support for work-integrated learning to courses in basic English and maths, take advantage of these offerings to help you upskill your workforce and develop your business.
New Zealand’s vocational education system supports the fast-changing future of skills, learning and work. It’s designed to provide for the needs of all learners, be relevant to the changing needs of employers, and be collaborative, innovative and sustainable for all regions of New Zealand.
To provide feedback on what skills your industry needs get in touch with your work development council.
Find my council(external link) — Ohu Ahumahi Workforce Development Councils
For opportunities to develop the skills and capability of your staff visit Te Pūkenga.
Employers(external link) — Te Pūkenga
Search for suitable courses and qualifications on the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) website.
Study and training options(external link) — Careers New Zealand
The exemptions scheme is designed with the objective of achieving a higher skilled migrant workforce, with the right skill mix to support New Zealand’s economy.
The list of vocational qualifications, programmes and micro-credentials that are eligible for subsidies for non-domestic learners can be found below.
Funding for non-domestic learners(external link) — Tertiary Education Commission
The targeted exemption process only applies to the work-based and assessment and verification modes of delivery. Work-based learning refers to programmes where a learner is training in a workplace, or doing ‘on the job’ learning.
Eligibility criteria and Fees Free cover(external link) — Tertiary Education Commission
Work and Income offer financial assistance to help new employees develop the skills to do their job.
If you’re about to employ someone currently on a benefit who needs workplace training, Work and Income might be able to:
If you qualify, you’ll:
Advice for employers(external link) — Work and Income
0800 778 008 — Work and Income employer line
Around half New Zealand’s working-age population struggle with mathematics, and many struggle with reading. This can affect productivity and the health and safety of the workforce. Skills Highway is an online government resource that helps businesses improve their staff’s skills in reading, maths, and communication.
Skills Highway can help by either: