The Government’s targeted apprenticeship funding will enable Taradale-based EIT to offer free studies and retraining across a range of sectors including the trades, primary industries, and health and wellbeing.
The free qualification training will save apprentices and learners between $2,500 and $6,500 over a year, giving EIT a chance to increase its role in supporting local businesses and gearing people up for skilled jobs.
“It gives us the opportunity to increase capacity and broaden programmes to meet the developing needs of our regional economies,” says EIT’s acting CEO Bill Kimberley.
The Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) focusses on industries where the demand for skilled workers is likely to grow during the Covid-19 recovery period.
This includes primary industries, construction, community support, community health, manufacturing and mechanical engineering and technology, electrical engineering and road transport.
Kimberley says EIT currently offers a number of successful programmes that fall in the targeted areas in both Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti regions, and dropping the fees removes one of the barriers to study for new learners and those looking to retrain.
“It will also relieve some of the burden on employers who in the past covered some of their apprentices’ study fees.”