training opportunities for taiohi
discover where you can get the training that will make you stand out
train for industry: the youth guarantee
The Youth Guarantee offers free places on courses that prepare you for work in six key industries:
- social and community services
- construction and infrastructure
- manufacturing and technology
- primary industries
- service and hospitality industries
- creative industries
It gives you the opportunity to get NCEA-level qualifications while you develop the skills employers are looking for.
It’s offered in schools, polytechnics and trade academies all over the country. You can find out more about the scheme and how to apply at the Youth Guarantee website.
study for free with the targeted training and apprenticeship fund (TTAF)
If you're thinking about studying, you should check out the Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF). TTAF means that all New Zealand apprenticeships are currently free and so are certificates and diplomas in subjects where NZ needs skilled workers.
get vocational qualifications: private training establishments
Private Training Establishments (PTEs) are schools that teach you the special skills you need to work in certain industries, like:
There are hundreds of PTEs around New Zealand, and they offer a huge variety of courses.
Training at most PTEs can be done fees free.
You can find out more about what's on offer where you live at Study New Zealand.
learn on the job: mana in mahi
If you’re keen to train for a new career and like the idea of being paid while you’re learning, you can make it happen through the Mana in Mahi programme.
You’ll join a business in an industry you enjoy and get on-the-job training while you work towards an NZQA qualification. What you learn will set you up for a great career, and your qualification will make you stand out.
As part of the programme, you’ll get coaching and other support to succeed, plus help to pay for things like work clothes or tools. You can also receive extra payments of up to $6,000, depending on how long you continue training.
You can read more about the scheme and how to apply at the Work and Income website.
boost your confidence and your cv: limited service volunteer
This six-week training course will boost your confidence and teach you the core skills and qualities that employers want to see.
It’s a live-in course, run by the New Zealand Defence Force in centres in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. The course is free, and all your expenses will be paid while you’re there.
On the course, you will:
- build your confidence
- earn NZQA credits
- develop leadership and teamwork skills
- get fit
- meet employers
- make friends and have a great time.
You can find out more about Limited Service Volunteer and how to apply at the Work and Income website.
make yourself stand out: part-time work or volunteering
Working and volunteering part-time are great ways to:
- try out different jobs and see if you like them,
- learn useful skills like dealing with customers or using a till, and
- discover what’s expected of you in the workplace.
Employers love to see that you’ve worked or volunteered before, even if just for a few hours a week. It shows that you’re a mature, reliable person who wants to do well and makes things happen.
Many communities have volunteer databases that list the jobs that need volunteers. Have a look online and see if there’s a match for you.
school or college
School isn’t for everyone, but it’s the best place to be for some taiohi. At school, you can:
- study lots of different subjects
- get the academic qualifications some employers want to see
- spend time with other young people doing lots of different things
If you've dropped out of school, or you're thinking of leaving, we may be able to support you to continue with your education or training.
teen parent unit
Teen parent units support taiohi who are pregnant or already parents. They will support you in a range of services and support that will minimize barriers and increase engagement in education.
Registered teachers manage the units and will support you to increase your academics, while focusing on literacy and numeracy, and career competencies.
You can find out more about teen parent units on their website.
training incentive allowance
The Training Incentive Allowance (TIA) can help with things like tuition fees, books, childcare, equipment, transport, and any additional caring costs while studying.
The allowance is available now for courses at levels 1-3 of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework.
From 1 July 2021 to 1 January 2025 it will be available for all courses at levels 1-7 (including degree-level study) of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework. Apply from 1 July.
You can find out more about TIA and how to apply on our TIA page:
with an apprenticeship, you can earn money while getting skills and qualifications.
New Zealand Apprenticeships teach you a trade such as:
- hairdressing, barbering or beauty
- agriculture or horticulture
- sports or fitness.
As an apprentice, you:
- work for, and learn from, an employer who supports you through your apprenticeship
- complete practical, on-the-job assessments such as showing you can lay carpet
- attend courses that are part of the apprenticeship such as block courses, evening courses and day-release classes
- complete written assessments.
From July 1, 2020 all New Zealand Apprenticeships will be free until December 2022.
You can find out more about apprenticeships from the Careers NZ website.