The Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF; also known as free trades training) supports learners 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.

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
  • Computing and IT
  • 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

You can read more about the Fund on the TEC website

Toi Ohomai TTAF Courses (free domestic tuition fees)




Beekeeping (Apiculture)

Business Management

Carpentry and Construction

Computing and IT

Electrotechnology and Electrical

Engineering and Welding

Environmental Management


Health Care




Road Transport, Warehousing and Logistics

Social Services



Wood Manufacturing

Youth Guarantee