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.
Who can get it
- actively training through a transitional Industry Training Organisation (ITO) or a provider
- training for a New Zealand Apprenticeship or Managed Apprenticeship recognised by the Tertiary Education Commission
- in their first 24 months of training (this includes any previous apprenticeship enrolment, including any other apprenticeships, with the same transitional ITO or provider).
Apprenticeship Boost can be paid for an apprentice who is self-employed if they’re employed or contracted by you. You need to apply for your apprentice, and you need to have a training agreement between yourself, your apprentice and your TEC approved transitional ITO or provider.
You can’t get Apprenticeship Boost for your apprentice if you’re:
- a State Sector employer
- already getting another wage subsidy from us for this apprentice (eg, Flexi-wage, the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy or Mana in Mahi)
- already getting a payment from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment for this apprentice (eg, a wage subsidy from the Māori Trades and Training Fund or a Regional Apprenticeships Initiative).
You can get Apprenticeship Boost for a maximum of 20 months per apprentice, and it’s paid in advance.
How much you can get depends on whether your apprentice is in their first or second year of training:
- First year apprentices can get $1,000 a month
- Second year apprentices can get $500 a month.
These amounts don’t include GST. If you’re GST registered, you’ll be paid the amount plus GST.
You must pay your apprentice at least the minimum or training wage.