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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