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Trust 4 Skills Fund

History of award

The Trust 4 Skills fund is a joint union/employer initiative, setting up the Printing, Publishing and Packaging Education Trust in 1977. The EPMU contributes ongoing funding to the Trust.


Designed to help people in the printing, publishing and packaging industries get ahead, the Trust makes grants to fund such things as course fees, seminars, training facilities and sponsorships.


The Trust sees itself being involved in continuing education through many varied projects and activities. It is envisaged that grants approved will include:

• Grants towards the costs of approved industry training courses
• Substantial contributions to the development of industry training
• Grants to the PrintNZ Training
• Grants to those attending retraining courses
• Grants for local and overseas study in industrial relations, print technology and health and safety matters
• Union delegate training and refresher courses
• Course fees for university study in industry related fields
• Grants to cover seminar costs on a wide range of topics
• Sponsorship to Outward Bound courses at Anakiwa
• Production of booklets on health and safety, vocational guidance, apprenticeships in printing, and retirement.

Number of awards



At the discretion of the Trustees



Closing dates

Always open

How do students apply?

Applications may be made by individuals, employers or employers on behalf of employees, or industry organisations.

Download an Application Form or information on how to apply for a grant

If you have any questions, please call 0800 654 455

The Trust is administered by a board of six, which meets three times a year.
Application Form
How to Apply for Grants

Additional information

Individual applicants should be financial members of the NZ Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union or be employed by a company which deducts union fees.

Company applications may be made by employers who deduct union fees, and Industry Organisations in the print, publishing and packaging industries.

Decision makers

There are three Union representatives, and three employer representatives from Printing Industries New Zealand, the NZ Paperboard Packaging Association, and Flexible Packaging Association.


Applicants are advised that the granting of any funds is conditional on a written report being provided to the Trust 4 Skills within 14 days of the completion of the course/activity and that recipients will remain in the industry for a period of two (2) years.

Conditions of acceptance

Grant recipients are expected to provide the Trust Board with a written report about the training they receive and to stay in the industry for two years upon completion of the training.


Trust 4 Skills
PO Box 31 131
Lower Hutt 5040
Phone: (04) 569 2110 Fax: (04) 569 2108