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Kaitukumahi | Employers

Your business depends on the skills of your people.

Your business depends on the skills of your people.

Supporting your employees through an apprentice or traineeship and their qualification or training programme gives you confidence in their ability and will help your business grow through the development of a skilled and qualified workforce.

Te Pūkenga is here to help. Connecting you with your training partner in Aotearoa New Zealand industry.

We work with employers and 200,000 learners around New Zealand each year. We offer learning environments that revolve around the needs of your business and your employees.

Got an employee to sign-up? Need our assistance in finding your next apprentice or trainee?

Find your learning provider here

Vocational training to get your business future-ready

We are in a new era of change and an adaptable workforce is the best asset you can have. The right capability can open up massive opportunities for your business. You may already have ambitious plans. So how do you build capability? By giving staff the opportunity to turn hidden talents into new skills.
But it’s hard to know where to start, or even where to turn for advice. That’s where Te Pūkenga can help. Turning talent into capability

What do you need to know?

  • Grow your business with a qualified workforce
  • Upskill and reskill your best people
  • Develop talent that matches your needs
  • See a value return that outweighs the cost
  • Lower your recruitment costs and maximise your profit
  • Train on the job to minimise disruption and maximise impact.

Develop your workforce | Whakawhanakehia otangata

build capability and uncover talent to boost business

Training designed for your business

If you’re looking to build your team’s skills, we can help. We can spot the talent you already have or find you new learners. We can customise a training plan that meets the needs of your business and support your teams to get nationally recognised qualifications.

Reskill, upskill or new skills?

The people your business needs for the future could be out there, waiting for you to meet them and train them. Or they might already be in your business, wanting to pursue new opportunities. Either way, our training programmes help your employees gain the skills they need to work productively and safely.
Training options available range from short online courses, through longer introductory programmes to full qualification training programmes or apprenticeships. These options are flexible, designed to work for you and your business, and can be crafted to create your own in-house career pathway. But what they are ultimately bringing to your business is potential. 

Why on-job training?

  • Grow your business with a qualified workforce
  • Upskill and reskill your best people
  • Develop talent that matches your needs
  • See a value return that outweighs the cost
  • Lower your recruitment costs and maximise your profit
  • Train on the job to minimise disruption and maximise impact.

How we work with you

Building a business plan to suit your business. Our front-line teams work with you to understand your business and the skills you need for success. After this needs analysis, we design a tailored workforce training and development plan with you to help your employees gain those skills. Most of this learning takes place on the job.


We support your employees as they learn with purpose

The code of good practice for NZ apprenticeships and training programmes


You, the employee, and us

There are three parties to a New Zealand Apprenticeship or Certificate - the employee, the employer, and a work based learning subsidiary. Each party has unique responsibilities. The employee is expected to work and learn. The employer is expected to train and support their employee. Our responsibility as a training specialist is to facilitate the training, and support both you and your employee throughout their training.

Read more about the responsibilities of each party.

Training and wage subsidies

  • Apprenticeship boost:
    • Apprenticeship Boost is a payment to help employers keep and take on new apprentices. It means apprentices can keep earning and training towards their qualifications as the economy recovers from the impacts of COVID-19. The payment is made directly to employers. To view more information, click here to be directed to the Work and Income website.

  • Regional Apprenticeship fund
    • Under the provincial growth fund, this is a wage subsidy and additional business support of up to $40,000 per apprentice. The scheme was previously administered by Work and Income and initially focused on displaced workers and Māori and Pasifika. The RAI is now closed to new applicants but can still be accessed by small to medium enterprises looking for up to 10 apprentices in specific regions. The funds are now administered by third-party providers whose contact details can be found here.
  • Mana in Mahi
    • Mana in Mahi matches employers with people who are keen to start a career and need extra support to begin and maintain their work and training journey. This is a wage subsidy and other pastoral care for employers of new and currently enrolled first and second-year apprentices through Work and Income’s Mana in Mahi scheme. The New Zealand Government has announced more funding for additional Mana in Mahi places over the new two years as part of their Budget 2022 announcement. 

  • TTAF (Through to Dec 2022)
    • Apprenticeships are fees-free from 01 July 2020 to 31 December 2022 for all currently enrolled and new apprentices. This includes resources, block courses, night classes, study groups, and eLearning fees. The fund also covers Level 3 to 7 New Zealand Certificate targeted traineeships and micro-credentials in these sectors. See our training partners for more information

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