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Apprenticeship Support Programme FAQs


Apprenticeship Boost is part of the Apprenticeship Support Programme.


What is Apprenticeship Boost? 

It is a government initiative to help employers and businesses retain and bring on new apprentices

How does Apprentice Boost support employers and business to retain and bring on new apprentices?

Employers will be paid at $1,000 per month for apprentices in their first 12 months of training, and $500 a month for apprentices in their second 12 months of training. Current Apprentices must have done less than 24 months of their training.

As the scheme runs for 20 months from August 2020, the maximum that can be paid in total is $16,000 for a new apprentice (12 months at $1000/month and 8 months at $500 per month).

Example: For an apprentice 3 months into their apprenticeship the employer is entitled to $1000 per month for 9 months and $500 per month for the next 11 months.

How long does it run?

The programme started in August 2020 and it runs for 20 months.

Can an employer with existing apprentices apply?

Yes. Employers can apply for Apprenticeship Boost whether an apprentice has just started their training programme or is nearing the end of their first two years – right up until the apprentice has completed 24 months of their training programme (while the initiative is running).

Are ServiceIQ Apprenticeships included?

Yes, all apprenticeships are included. This includes:

  • NZ Apprenticeship in Cookery
  • NZ Apprenticeship in Food & Beverage
  • NZ Apprenticeship in Catering Services
  • NZ Apprenticeship in Aeronautical Engineering
  • NZ Apprenticeship in Aviation Aeronautical Engineering

More information about ServiceIQ Apprenticeship programmes can be found here.

How do I apply?

You can apply here.

Who can I talk to about ServiceIQ’s apprenticeship programme and Apprenticeship Boost?

If you already have a ServiceIQ Sector Advisor, you can talk to them. Alternatively, you can email apprenticeships@serviceiq.org.nz or call 0800 863 693

Are there other initiatives to support employers of apprentices?

Employers and businesses can access support from any of the Apprenticeship Boost, Mana in Mahi, or the Regional Apprenticeships Initiative. 

How will the Regional Apprenticeship initiative support employers of apprentices?

This is a new regional apprenticeship scheme which provides funding for regional employers to support them to take on new apprentices. The scheme initially focuses on displaced workers, and Māori and Pacific Peoples. More information is here.

How will Mana in Mahi support employers of apprentices?

Mana in Mahi aims to help people who are disadvantaged in the labour market move into long-term work and gain a formal industry qualification. The existing programme which helps employers provide on-the-job support for employees has been extended.

From August 2020, programme support is extended from 12 up to 24 months. The wage subsidy is increased – up to $16,000 for a first-year participant, and up to $8,000 for a second-year participant.

Mana in Mahi has been expanded to people of all ages and will continue to focus on people who are disadvantaged in the labour market. It is available for current and new participants. Employer information is available here.

Where can I find government information about Apprenticeship Support Programmes?