Upskill for your business - Tauranga Chamber of Commerce

Upskill for your business

Professional development for owners and managers

Small business owners may qualify for capability development vouchers to help cover the costs of training, workshops and courses for themselves and their managerial staff.

You may also be eligible for funded COVID-19 support. More on this below.

Capability Development Vouchers may be provided to a business where our Advisors have identified a need for management training as part of an action plan to support the business owner to grow and innovate their business.

Vouchers are used to co-fund training and capability development up to a maximum of $5000 per year per business. The business must pay at least half of the training costs.

Please note, this is different to the COVID-19 Business Advisory Funding, which funds 100% of your training – more on this below. 

To be eligible for a voucher a business must:

  • Have undergone assessment by a Regional Business Partner.
  • Be operating with 50 or less FTEs
  • Be GST registered in New Zealand
  • Operating in a commercial environment – i.e. is currently trading
  • Be privately owned or a Maori Trust or Incorporation under the Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993 or similar organisation managing Maori assets under multiple ownership

Train with the Chamber

We offer a number of training courses, workshops and webinars through the Chamber, with local, trusted providers. You can apply for the Capability Development Vouchers to undertake this training. 

You can find out more about Chamber training here. 

COVID-19 Business Advisory Funding

The COVID-19 Business Advisory Fund has been provided by government to enable businesses to access expert advice and support. It is administered through the Regional Business Partner Network (RBP). 

This funding provides support in areas such as HR, health and wellbeing, business continuity, cashflow and finance management, strategy and digital capability.

Eligible businesses must:

  • Have undergone an assessment with a Regional Business Partner Growth Advisor
  • Have fewer than 100 full time equivalent employees, and
  • Be GST registered in New Zealand, and
  • Have a New Zealand Business Number, and
  • Be operating in a commercial environment; and
  • Be a privately-owned business or are a Māori Trust or incorporation under the Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 or similar organisation managing Māori assets under multiple ownership.

If you can a tourism operator, you may also be eligible for the Tourism Transitions Fund.

This is to support tourism businesses with advice and support such as HR, health and wellbeing, business continuity and hibernation, cashflow and finance management, strategy and digital capability.

The eligibility criteria is the same as above, with the addition that you must be a tourism provider. 

Case study: The General

During lockdown in April 2020, more than 600 Bay of Plenty businesses accessed the support of the COVID-19 funding through our RBP team. 

One of those businesses was The General. Its owners Aaron and Malika were eligible for funding to gain access to one-on-one support with one of the RBP’s expert providers, The Icehouse.

Read their story here. 

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