Thu 4 Feb 2021

Study IT for free, thanks to Government fund

Information Technology will be available to study free this year at WITT, after the Government announced new target areas under the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF).

The Fund covers tuition fees for both the New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4) or New Zealand Diploma in Information Technology Technical Support (Level 5), both starting at WITT in March.

The Tertiary Education Commission released the updated list of programmes last week, which sees Information Technology joining the list of free study options at WITT alongside those announced in 2020, like Health Care, Mental Health, Primary Industries, Trades and Engineering.

There is an option available to study IT part-time, so learners don’t necessarily have to leave their job to achieve a qualification.

WITT’s Director School, Māori Enterprise, Business and Technology Bryce Turner said the timing was excellent, and he hopes to see people grasp the opportunity to future-proof their career by upskilling in IT.

“Technology underpins our lives, and it will become even more critical as we move toward the future of work. Our world is transforming – and rapidly,” he said. “The skills you’ll learn when you study IT can contribute to a booming career in a growing range of sectors. It’s a flexible area of study that really will see you go places.

“IT people are problem-solvers and we need more of them. Anyone thinking about their options should seriously consider IT as a pathway, and be part of the transformation.”

Find about more about what’s involved in the New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4) or New Zealand Diploma in Information Technology Technical Support (Level 5) at WITT here.