NZTE Business Capability Development Scheme


A network of 14 Regional Business Partners work to support business growth and innovation in their regions. The partners work with local businesses and provide a range of advice and access to funding and support for assisting them to grow their business. Support available includes:

An assessment of business needs, which helps Regional Business Partners point businesses to appropriate information, advice, and support that is available from the public and private sectors.
NZTE Capability Development Vouchers, which the managers of eligible small businesses can use as partial payment for the cost of management capability building services.
Research and development funding via MSI's TechNZ programme of funds and services.
The aim is to make it easier for business owners and managers to understand what steps they should take to grow their business, and where to find information and assistance to do so.

NZTE Capability Development Vouchers

Small businesses may qualify for vouchers to help pay for services such as training workshops, courses and coaching that build the management capabilities of their owners, operators and key managers.

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) Capability Development Vouchers are only available through Regional Business Partners around New Zealand. To qualify, businesses must consider the following:

Do I qualify for funding?

The following criteria will be used by the regional partners to identify whether or not your business qualifies for funding:

  • Have fewer than 50 full time employees.
  • Be operating in a commercial environment.
  • Be registered for GST in New Zealand
  • Be privately owned or a Māori Trust or corporation under the Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 or similar organisation managing Maori assets under multiple ownership.
  • Demonstrate a desire to innovate and grow.
  • Have undergone an assessment with a Regional Partner

What can the vouchers be used for?

Vouchers may be used to help pay up to 50 percent of the cost of services (up to a maximum value of $5,000 excluding GST) from registered providers that improve management capabilities.

More information on the Regional Business Partners can be seen here.

What areas can I get funding for?

There are a number of areas within your business that you can get assistance with, for more details, you will need to speak to a Regional Partner near you but here are the general categories:

  • Business Planning
  • Marketing Strategies
  • Finance
  • Business Systems
  • Managing Resources
  • Governance
  • Sustainability
  • Lean Manufacturing/Business Operations
  • Exporting

The steps in the process

There are five steps in the process to be completed with the Regional Partners

  1. Registration of the client business.
  2. Assessment of their capability and identification of training needs by a Regional Partner Capability Assessor.
  3. Issue of a voucher for capability building services.
  4. Validation of the voucher with the Capability Service Provider.
  5. Follow up with businesses.

Business owners will need to:

  1. Complete a registration form.
  2. Participate in a one-on-one assessment to assess the level of management capability, to identify gaps and to identify any training or coaching needs.

Courses that Business Central offer that are eligable for NZTE Capability Development Vouchers

Below is the list of Business Central Courses that have qualified for the NZTE Capability Development Voucher Scheme. Please enter your voucher details when making your booking. We will verify your voucher with the issuing Regional Partner before confirming your place on the course.

All of these below mentioned courses have available post-course coaching option member rate $150 + GST per hour, non-member rate $200 + GST per hour.

Business Central Qualified Courses

  • Assertiveness Skills 
  • Confident Communication 
  • The Disciplinary Process and Performace Management
  • Developing an Effective HR Framework
  • Health and Safety Management
  • Management: Becoming a Confident Leader
  • Managing Difficult and Disruptive People
  • Managing and Being Managed
  • Other PCBU (dealing with subcontractors)
  • Project Management for Non-Project Managers 
  • Developing a Bully Free Culture
  • Team Leader Toolbox: Facilitating Your Team
  • Existing Heatlh and Safety Changeover
  • Supervision: An Introduction
  • Employment Legislation
  • Holidays Act
  • Wages Law
  • Due Diligence
  • Accident Reporting and Investigation
  • Risk and Hazard Management
  • Stage 1 Health and Safety Representatives
  • Stage 2 Health and Safety Representatives
  • Stage 3 Health and Safety Representatives
  • Time Management

For more information

To learn more about our coaching and facilitation services in Wellington and throughout the Central region, contact:

Course Coordinator Team
Course Coordinator, Training & Events