The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has released a list of funded programmes for non-domestic learners in 2023. The exemptions scheme is designed to support the Government’s objective of achieving a higher skilled migrant workforce, with the right skill mix to support New Zealand’s economic recovery from COVID-19 and transition to a more productive and sustainable economy. Working holiday visas are excluded from this exemption scheme.
The list aligns with the Green List and Sector Agreements developed by Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), which helps employers hire migrants for specified high-skilled occupations such as construction, engineering, trades health or ICT sectors. TEC used information on skills matching from Workforce Development Councils (WDC) along with available funding & alignment with strategic priorities outlined in tertiary education strategy to determine final list incorporating all active industry training fund programmes as at 26 August 2022.
Non domestic learners eligible under revised settings will be treated as domestic students & eligible for Fees Free/Apprenticeship Boost.
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