Free trades training for all ages is being rolled out in Budget 2020, costing $1.6 billion.
Education Minster Chris Hipkins said extending the free targeted vocational training courses from just school leavers to all ages would help people who had lost their jobs from the Covid-19 fallout.
"It will include courses linked to industry skills needs, in building and construction, agriculture and manufacturing and also vocational courses like community health, counselling and care work.
A Māori Apprenticeships Fund will be created to design group training schemes to employ Māori as apprenticeships.
"It will work by providing tailored support for Māori employers to take on Māori apprentices," Employment Minister Willie Jackson said.
Ministry of Social Development's employment services will get an extra $150m to deal with increased Covid-19 demand of people entering the benefit system.
It will be available from July 1.
Trades and Apprenticeship Package broken down: