Choose a vocation for a better future

Choose a vocation for a better future

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Vocational education and training gives you skills that can lead to an exciting new career direction.

Whether you're looking for your first job or retraining, there are hundreds of options from viticulture and aged care to mechanical engineering and graphic design.

Learners can study towards nationally recognised qualifications online, in a classroom or on the job where they can earn while they learn.

If you’re an employer, vocational education and training lets you energise your business, future-proof your workplace and invest in our country's workforce.

 


About vocational education and training

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    Vocational training is about learning specific skills for a job.
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    Vocationally trained workers are highly skilled and in high demand.
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    With apprenticeships you find a job and earn while you learn.

Future-focused learning with hundreds of choices

Vocational education and training programmes teach skills that you can use in specific jobs.

There are hundreds of options and several ways to learn.

These include classroom-based study, learning from home and earning while you learn with an apprenticeship.

Explore your options on the Te Pūkenga website

You might be able to get financial support to help you pay for study or training.

The Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) pays your fees and compulsory costs for many vocational education and training programmes until December 2022.

Find out more about financial support for learners
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Grow your business with vocational education and training

As an employer, you can grow your business by taking on trainees or apprentices.

It’s a great way to get loyal, enthusiastic employees who are invested in the success of your business. You’ll also contribute to a skilled and qualified national workforce.

You can partner with vocational education and training providers to find suitable apprentices and trainees for your workplace.

Find a provider that suits your business on the Te Pūkenga website

Financial support is available, including Apprenticeship Boost, which helps you keep existing apprentices and take on new ones.

Find out more about financial support for employers
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Unlock opportunities for your children or students

Choosing a vocational education and training programme can help prepare your children or students for a bright future.

It can unlock opportunities in their chosen field and allow them to earn while they learn.

The support of whānau and educators is vital to give learners the confidence to make their choice, so consider exploring their options with them.

Explore the range of courses together on the Te Pūkenga website

There are funding options available that can make vocational education and training possible for learners.

Find out more about funding options for learners
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