Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) Northern - NZTE Business Capability Development Programme

NZTE Business Capability Development Programme

NZTE and its network of business partners can provide small businesses the support and training they need to build management capabilities and grow their business.

Regional Business Partners

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 Maori Trust or corporation under the Te Ture Whenua Maori 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 (EMA members can contact Craig Garner; email: craig.garner@ema.co.nz to arrange for an appointment) 

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 $5000 excluding GST) from registered providers that improve management capabilities. The Employers’ and Manufacturers Association Northern Inc. is registered to accept NZTE capability Development vouchers.

More information on the Regional Business Partners can be seen at:

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 six steps in the process -

  • Registration of the client business
  • Assessment of their capability and identification of training needs by a Regional Partner Capability Assessor.
  • Development of an action plan by Regional Business Capability Assessor. (For the EMA this is Craig Garner - contact details given below)
  • Issue of a voucher for capability building services
  • Validation of the voucher with the Capability Service Provider
  • Follow up with businesses 

Business owners will need to:

  • Complete a Registration form
  • 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

For more information simply email learn@ema.co.nz

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