The government initiative Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) is supporting learners to undertake vocational education and training at no cost.
Who is entitled to a free apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are FREE for all new and current BCITO apprentices enrolled in a TEC-funded apprenticeship programme in all of our 15 trades, including those completing any of our Supervisor Programmes. This is for everyone. Whatever your age, even if you've got a higher level qualification or have completed other training - BCITO apprenticeships are FREE.
Sole Traders who are enrolled to have their existing experience recognised are excluded.
Are all BCITO apprentice programmes free?
You don't have to apply - it just happens
There's nothing you need to do. This is an automatic entitlement.
What type of fees are covered?
The fees covered are those that would normally be paid to BCITO for training and aromatawai. These include:
- Sign-up fees
- Annual/anniversary fees
- Off-job training (block course) fees where those courses are compulsory to attend.
What type of fees are not covered?
- Non-compulsory BCITO night class fees and any other non-compulsory course fees.
What happens when Fees free trades training via TTAF ends in 2022?
Apprenticeships and most BCITO training programmes have been fully funded by the government since July 2020 through a scheme known as the Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF), which is ending on 31 December 2022. As of 1 January 2023 fees payable by either apprentices or employers (depending who you named as payer in your Training Agreement) will be in effect.
Certain fees are free in 2023
From 1 January 2023 some apprentices and other learners may be eligible for free fees under the Fees Free scheme that pre-existed the TTAF and is still ongoing. They will need to check their eligibility using the NSN checker tool at www.feesfree.govt.nz. They will need to enter their National Student Number (NSN).