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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?

Apprenticeship Boost has been extended until the end of December 2023. The payment rate for first year apprentices will change to $500 a month from 5 August 2022.

Employers will be paid $1,000 per month (changed to $500 from 5 August 2022) for apprentices in their first 12 months of training, and $500 a month for apprentices in their second 12 months of training (until 31 December 2023). Current Apprentices must have done less than 24 months of their training.

How long does it run?

The programme runs until 31 December 2023.

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 Retail
  • 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 has been allocated more funding in the 2022 budget. The programme will change back to a one-year programme, instead of two years.

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 5 August 2022, programme support will return to 12 months (from 24). The wage subsidy is up to $16,000 for a first-year participant, and up to $8,000 for a second-year participant (second-year funding ceases from 5 August 2022).

Mana in Mahi can apply to people of all ages and focuses 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?