The Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF; also known as free trades training) will support learners to undertake vocational education and training without fees. 

The TTAF will cover fees from 1 July 2020 until 31 December 2022 and will be paid directly to tertiary education organisations (TEOs) by us. This will enable TEOs to provide education and training without fees to learners.

TTAF will make a range of training and apprenticeship programmes at sub-degree level free for learners. It is targeted towards industry skill needs where demand from employers for these skills will continue to be strong, or is expected to grow, during New Zealand’s recovery period from the impacts of COVID-19.

See the list of eligible programmes and qualifications.

Study in the following areas is covered by the TTAF:

  • All apprenticeships
  • Level 3-7 sub-degree programmes in targeted areas delivered by tertiary providers
  • Industry training, outside of apprenticeships, in targeted areas.

The targeted areas are:

  • Primary industries, including agriculture, horticulture and viticulture, fisheries and forestry;
  • Construction, including building, plumbing, and civil engineering;
  • Community support, including youth work, care for elderly, counselling, and community health including mental health and addiction support
  • Manufacturing and mechanical engineering and technology;
  • Electrical engineering; and
  • Road transport (vehicle operations).

Targeted Apprenticeship Scheme see all the courses available for free at Otago Polytechnic