Jacinda Ardern confirms ‘any form of apprenticeship will be free from July’ until December 2022

Great news for all potential apprenticeships and in particular hairdressing apprenticeships with the Prime Minister confirming that “any form of apprenticeship will be free from July” until December 2022, as part of the Government’s free trades training commitment.

“We are announcing today that the package set out in the Budget will mean any form of apprenticeship will be free from July 1 this year,” Jacinda Ardern said on Tuesday. 

PM Jacinda Adern Announces FREE Apprenticeships

“This is a direct help to small businesses thinking about taking on an apprentice and also ensures we are incentivising even more people entering the trades that we have skill shortages in.”

The Government signaled in Budget 2020 that the cost of trades training would be covered by a $1.6 billion injection from the $50 billion COVID-19 relief fund. 

Ardern and Education Minister Chris Hipkins have now confirmed that a ‘Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund’ (TTAF) will pay for Kiwis of all ages to undertake vocational education and training for two-and-a-half years. 

This is just one part. The initial $1.6 billion announcement in Budget 2020 was split into several aspects, including $320 million for targeted investment for free trades training in critical industries – and that’s what’s been outlined today. 


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