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The Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF; also known as free trades training) supports you to undertake vocational education and training without fees*. The fund covers domestic tuition fees for selected courses from 1 July 2020 until 31 December 2022.

You don't need to do anything extra to access the funding - just apply for your course and we'll take it from there.

These courses have been chosen from industries where demand from employers is strong, or is expected to grow, during New Zealand’s recovery period from the impacts of COVID-19. These industries are:

  • Primary industries, including agriculture, horticulture and viticulture, fisheries and forestry
  • Construction, including building, plumbing, and civil engineering
  • Community support, including youth work, care for elderly, counselling, and community health including mental health and addiction support
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing and mechanical engineering and technology
  • Electrical engineering
  • Road transport (vehicle operations)

Study in the following areas is covered by the Fund:

  • All apprenticeships
  • Level 3-7 sub-degree programmes in targeted areas delivered by tertiary providers
  • Industry training, outside of apprenticeships, in targeted areas

* If you access eligible programmes starting from 1 July 2020 for free through TTAF, this does not impact on, or use up, your entitlement to the existing Fees Free funding. Read more on TEC's FAQ for Learners page

Toi Ohomai TTAF Courses (free domestic tuition fees)




Business Management

Carpentry and Construction

Electrotechnology and Electrical

Engineering and Welding






Transport and Logistics

Wood Manufacturing

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