New Zealand reveals free apprenticeships

New Zealand has revealed a programme which makes apprenticeships in construction, manufacturing and electrical engineering free for the next two and a half years.

Radio New Zealand reported the decision was taken by Cabinet and announced by the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

She told RNZ: “Supporting New Zealanders who lose their job because of the virus is at the heart of our economic response.”

The initiative will be part of a NZ$320 million targeted training fund announced in last month’s budget.

The government will cover the costs of courses and training in:

# Agriculture, horticulture and viticulture

# Fisheries, aquaculture and forestry

# Construction, including building, plumbing, and civil engineering

# Community support, including youth work, care for elderly, counselling, mental health and addiction support;

# Manufacturing and mechanical engineering and technology

# Electrical engineering

# Road transport


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