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Source: New Zealand Government

The Government is supporting 16,000 people to retrain, gain higher skills and transition into new careers by bringing back the Training Incentive Allowance.

“This is an investment in people and will mean better skills, qualifications, jobs, incomes and lives,” Carmel Sepuloni said.

“The impacts of COVID-19 mean reinstating the Training Incentive Allowance for higher-skill courses is more important than ever. We need to grow the skills of New Zealanders to fill the needs of employers and this allowance will be a vital tool we can use to do just that.

“We are already seeing record numbers of job seekers moving into employment.  Bringing back the Training Incentive Allowance gives us another tool and helps even more people move into employment.

“The Allowance supports sole parents, carers and disabled people on eligible benefits with the upfront and ongoing costs of study, such as fees, books, transport and childcare costs.

“Sole parents, disabled people and carers are among those most affected by the economic effects of COVID-19. They also face higher costs and barriers to education and training. Now is the right time to reinstate this allowance and help them reach their full potential.

“This was a key part of our recovery plan and is another manifesto commitment we are delivering on in Budget 2021.

“The Training Incentive Allowance was scaled back by the previous Government. This Labour Government is putting the ladder of support back in place after National pulled it up behind them.

“This allowance is an investment in a family’s future. I was supported by it for a period of time when I was a sole parent and studying. It made a big difference having that little bit of extra financial support when I was trying to get ahead and build a future for my family.