Free Fees for Apprenticeships

Most of the talk in the media about the Government’s new fees free initiative has been about school leavers intending to go to university, who will get one year’s free tuition fees.  Not many employers in the construction sector realise this initiative extends to apprenticeships for not one, but two years.

Best reason to train an apprentice in 2018

Fees Free is a new Government scheme to encourage more New Zealanders into formal study, learning or training. 

From 1 January 2018, industry training is fees free for the first two years of an apprenticeship for eligible first-time learners and apprentices enrolling in eligible programmes, who begin their training in 2018. 

Learners can begin their training at any time in 2018 and be eligible for the following 24 months fees free.  At BCITO this covers all fees associated with the first two years of an apprenticeship including off-job training (if required), night classes, assessment fees and resources.

No financial input required to start

Two years of industry training may be possible with no financial input required from either you, as an employer, or your apprentice if they’re an eligible candidate enrolled in an approved programme.

This increased investment in industry training will help ensure that both our current and future workforce have the skills required to underpin sustainable growth and development within our industry, while also alleviating the skills shortages New Zealand is currently facing. 

It goes without saying that this can only happen if you, as employers, are willing to take on more staff or train existing team members.  The fees free scheme is the Government’s helping hand for you as an employer in this regard. 

Existing employees may be eligible

Do you have staff working for you right now who have never undertaken any formal post-secondary school training who may qualify for fees free? Although primarily aimed at school leavers, any New Zealander might be eligible.  Even some people on work visas may also be eligible.

Your company’s reputation for quality work is underpinned by the skills of the people you employ. Now is the best opportunity you’ll ever have to provide training and support and upskill your staff with the Government’s support. You’ll be building a strong, capable and reliable team by providing your people with the opportunity to be proud to call themselves qualified professionals – a brilliant marketing tool for your business.

Grow your people power

The Government’s fees free initiative might be an opportunity to expand your company by taking on a new team member and train them to a professional standard courtesy of the Government for the first two years. 

Find out about eligibility

Prospective apprentices (or any third party) can use the learner’s NSN number to check their eligibility online at 

Find out more information about fees free for BCITO employers and trainees including which BCITO programmes are approved.

Do it now

Why wait any longer to start training? We’re in the middle of the biggest boom there has ever been – there will never be a better time than 2018.

If you have any questions about fees free or you’d like help to find your next apprentice, get in touch with BCITO on 0800 422 486 or email [email protected]

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