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Bring in the skills you need

Find learning programmes to upskill your team, or get matched to an apprentice or trainee.

Vocational training designed to help business thrive

You know that businesses need people with the right skills for the job. That’s what we’re focussed on. With programmes being added all the time, we can connect more people to vocational education and training designed to help build the workforce Āotearoa needs today and in the future. This also empowers and supports workers, along with their whānau and communities.

How you can be involved

Currently in development are six Workforce Development Councils (WDCs), which represent different industries. As an employer, you’re best suited to understand what skills you want and need in the future. The WDCs use that information to develop appropriate qualifications and to help Te Pūkenga develop programmes that will deliver the right skills for your industry.

Your input would also be valuable to regional skills leadership groups, which work to meet local skills needs.

Help your industry’s WDC understand what skills you need – get in touch with your industry’s peak body and contact your Regional Skills Leadership Group.

What do you need?

Taking on an apprentice or trainee is a valuable way to contribute to the future of your industry and pass on your expertise to the next generation. It can also help you grow your business with people who understand your way of working.

We can help simplify the processes of taking on an apprentice or trainee and offer you support along the way. There may be a matching programme for your industry  – get in touch to find out more.

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If you’re an employer within an eligible industry or thinking of taking on an apprentice or trainee, you may be able to access financial support to help you bring on and keep people in formal industry training.

Learn about available support.

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Sending some or all of your staff members to learn with external training providers is a simple way to add the skills and qualifications you need in your team. It could help you provide better service, grow or take on more complex and demanding projects. It’s also a way of giving back to your people – investing in them shows you believe in and trust them and want them to be part of your business growth.

Contact your ITO or Te Pūkenga subsidiary near you for more


On-site training can be tailored to the needs of your business. It’s a great way to upskill some or all of your staff members according to the particular way you do things. It can improve efficiency, safety and communication along with specific hard skills you need to grow faster or take on more complex and demanding projects. It also shows your people that you think they’re worth investing in – and that you want them to be part of the future of your business.

Contact your ITO or Te Pūkenga subsidiary near you for more.


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