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Venture Taranaki offers business training for businesses throughout Taranaki, including New Plymouth, Stratford, Hawera, Opunake and everywhere in between.

The capability development voucher scheme is a partnership between Venture Taranaki and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) offering new capability training to businesses.

Part-funded support is available, up to 50% towards costs for business management training - with your business receiving a maximum of $5,000 per year. 

Venture Taranaki will talk with you to assess your business needs and develop a plan to help you grow. 

Find out if your business qualifies for vouchers to help pay for management training workshops, courses and coaching.

Under the new partnership Venture Taranaki will assess existing local businesses to determine what their needs are and assist them with a plan to help them grow.  This plan will include relevant management up-skilling opportunities, connections with advisors and one-on-one coaching.

Voucher funding will be offered to businesses where there is a clear desire to grow, innovate and bring benefit to the local economy.  Priority will be given to businesses that can show high growth, export or potential to export, and those in the manufacturing, tourism, IT, production and processing industries.  Retail and trade businesses will be considered for voucher funding where there is significant growth and innovation potential, or impact on the Taranaki regional economy. 

To qualify for a training voucher, a business must:

  • Have fewer than 50 full-time employees
  • Be currently trading
  • Be registered for GST in New Zealand
  • Be privately owned or a Maori Trust
  • Discuss their business with Venture Taranaki
  • Demonstrate a desire to innovate and grow

Vouchers can be redeemed for training in areas such as business planning, marketing, finance, business systems, staff management, governance, sustainability, lean manufacturing, business operations and exporting.  They are allocated to business owners and senior managers, and cannot be used for general staff training. 

Click here to search for training opportunities.

Click here for a list of upcoming courses in Taranaki.

So how do you apply for a training voucher?

1. Contact Venture Taranaki to set up a meeting with a Business Advisor.
During this confidential meeting you will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your business, your plans to grow your business, and your vision for the future.  

2. The action plan.
Following the meeting, your Business Assessor will send you a summary of the meeting based on the information provided, including suggested actions that were discussed.

3. Redeeming your voucher.
You can book your training and redeem your voucher with an NZTE registered provider of your choice.  Venture Taranaki will provide you with a comprehensive list of providers offering a range of workshops, courses and one-on-one coaching opportunities for you to choose from.  You can choose a local provider, a provider from elsewhere in New Zealand, or opt for distance learning at your own convenience.  It’s up to you.
The vouchers are valid for three months from the time of issue, however if you are unable to book appropriate training within this time, you may apply to Venture Taranaki for an extension.

4. Providing feedback.
Once you have redeemed your voucher, your Business Advisor will be back in touch, and you will get the opportunity to give feedback on the service you have received and discuss any further support that Venture Taranaki may be able to provide.  You are also welcome to contact your Business Advisor at any time to discuss any aspect of your business.

For more information or to apply for a voucher contact Jennifer Patterson on 06 759 5166 or countmein@venture.org.nz.

Interested in delivering training?

If you deliver business training or coaching services in Taranaki, or further afield in New Zealand, and are interested in registering your services for the NZTE Capability Development Voucher scheme please register with or log on to the Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS) and download the relevant expression of interest document (GETS number 30918).

For more information about delivering training in Taranaki contact Jane Moffitt on 06 759 5152, Jennifer Patterson on 06 759 5166 or email



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