Course fees have been scrapped for all apprenticeships for the next 2.5 years.
In last month's budget, $320 million was earmarked for training and apprenticeships to support New Zealanders who had lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Yesterday's announcement also includes free training in fields such as agriculture, forestry, road transport and community work.
Warwick Quinn is the chief executive of the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation.
He speaks to Corin Dann.