Get new skills for free

Get new skills for free

  • Man smiles at camera
  • Woman smiles at camera
  • Young man with headphones smiles at the camera
  • Middle-aged woman smiles at camera

Want to learn new skills to build your future or follow a new career direction?

People of all ages can gain in-demand skills and boost their job chances with free vocational training. An apprentice job also qualifies for free training.

Employers can also get financial support to keep or take on apprentices.


About vocational training

  • Woman, looking to the side
    Vocational training is about learning the specific skills for a job.
  • Man in high-vis vest smiles at someone off camera
    Vocationally trained workers are highly skilled and in high demand.
  • Myth3
    With apprenticeships you find a job and earn while you learn.

I'm a school leaver

If you’re a school leaver, there are many exciting careers waiting for you.

With the Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) you can learn new skills for these careers for free.

Start your future in industries with high demand for skilled people such as food and fibre, health, community work, construction and engineering.

Find out how to get free training or free training in an apprentice job with TTAF.

Find training and information on TTAF
Training for free
Young woman in glasshouse surrounded by plants checks her tablet.

Explore your future career

Check out 400+ jobs

I'm looking for a change of career

If you're inspired to change careers or you’ve recently become unemployed, you could boost your future with free training or free training in an apprentice job.

With the Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) you can learn new skills for a new career for free.

Training and apprenticeships are available in industries where there is a high demand for skilled people, such as food and fibre, health, community work, construction and engineering.

Find out how to fund your training or apprenticeship for your new job with TTAF.

Find training and information on TTAF
Retraining for free
Woman wearing a hard hat is smiling as she climbs aboard tractor.

Find out more about free training

Read the Retrain for free with TTAF article
Female construction worker sits in a digger and smiles at the camera.
Article
Retrain for free with TTAF

Now could be the right time to retrain for a new job.

Read Retrain for free with TTAF article
Read the Tips for new tertiary students and apprentices article
A young man and woman stand in front of beer vats inspecting a glass of beer.
Article
Tips for new tertiary students and apprentices

Gain the skills and confidence to move into a new job with study or training.

Read Tips for new tertiary students and apprentices article
Read the From early school leaver to electrical engineering article
Cori Potaka,electrical engineering technician stands in front of her work van.
Article
From early school leaver to electrical engineering

Cori Pokotea left school without NCEA and trained into an essential service.

Read From early school leaver to electrical engineering article

I'm an employer

If you’re an employer, you can get financial support to hold onto your existing apprentices and trainees and take on new ones.

There are a range of funds to help you strengthen your business and get someone into a job. There is funding to support the wages of apprentices and trainees, and to give them mentoring and off-site training. Apprentices and trainees can be an important part of your business and potential future leaders in your industry.

The Connected website lists the support and information you need to get started.

Find information on funding through Connected
Getting help to fund apprentices
A middle aged man in a workshop, wearing safety earmuffs smiles at the camera.

Tips for employers

Read the Diversity in the workplace – it's good for business article
Frank Lawrence with some of his team
Article
Diversity in the workplace – it's good for business

Celebrating diversity and encouraging tolerance in the workplace creates a successful business.

Read Diversity in the workplace – it's good for business article
Read the How employers can influence tech sector training article
Two learners at Dev Academy
Article
How employers can influence tech sector training

Employers can help IT graduates into jobs by working with tech schools.

Read How employers can influence tech sector training article
Read the Why employers need to engage with school learners article
In a workshop. An employer dressed in overalls shows a high school learner in a hard hat a piece of equipment.
Article
Why employers need to engage with school learners

Talk to schools to find future workers before you get short staffed.

Read Why employers need to engage with school learners article

Chat with us

contact us Chat with us to find information.

We are here from 8:30am to 9pm Monday to Friday, with the exception of Wednesday when we are here from 9.30am to 9pm.

We are closed on all public holidays, including Wellington Anniversary.

Christmas 2020 and New Year 2021

Our phone lines will be closed from midday 23 December 2020, and we will reopen on Wednesday 6 January 2021 at 8.30am. You can email us on customerservice@tec.govt.nz and we will respond on our return.