Training Support funding

If you have a disability and meet the criteria, Training Support funding can help you:

  • receive training and education
  • take part in an unpaid work trial expected to lead to employment with the employer holding the trial
  • gain work experience.

Training Support funding must be part of a vocational plan to gain open employment, which means anyone can apply for the job and the position is not reserved for a person with a disability.

Training Support funding can be used to:

  • pay for a support person to help a student continue with a training course
  • contribute to the transport costs of getting to training or work experience (Training Support funding can be used only to pay those transport costs not covered by Work and Income’s Disability Allowance or the Ministry of Health’s transport assistance funding)
  • pay for special equipment not covered by other funding sources.

Students are now generally expected to have a laptop, notebook or tablet, so these devices are considered study costs rather than a cost of disability. However, each application is considered on a case-by-case basis.

Training Support funds can be used only for training linked to the NZQA framework or other education institutions approved by the Minister of Social Development.

Training funding for people who already have a job

If you already have a job and want to undertake study that is not essential for your employment, Training Support funding may be available to pay for your disability-related training costs. You might, for example, want to study to change your role within your organisation, or change careers.

If you need training for your current job, Job Support funding may be available to pay for your disability-related training costs. For example, someone working as a storeperson might need an interpreter to gain a forklift certificate.

if you are unsure which support fund to apply for, contact Support Fund Services for help.

Applying for Training Support funding

Download a Training Support application form here:

You can fill in the application form online but must print it out and sign it.

Once you have filled out the application form, you can:

  • post it to Workbridge’s Support Fund Services at PO Box 30-341, Lower Hutt 5040
  • scan the form and email it to Support Fund Services
  • deliver it to any Workbridge centre.

Vocational plan

When you fill out a training support application form, you’ll be asked to note what other steps you need to take to reach your job goals.

The vocational plan aims to provide you with a clearly-defined individual programme, with timelines, focused on your future employment options.

See the Assistance categories page for examples of help that may be available.