Fri 22 May 2020

WITT makes training free with Zero Fees

WITT has launched a Zero Fees initiative to help get more learners into study, part of its community recovery plan developed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Available to students starting full-time study in July, the offer covers programme fees for up to a year.

WITT Chief Executive John Snook said the objective is to provide the community with options to get qualified or upskill, without adding any extra financial pressure.

“As we recover from the impacts of Covid-19, we know that many people in our community are going to need to train or retrain. We decided that we can help by taking away any unneeded financial pressure through the Zero Fees scheme.

“By saving on their tuition, learners will be better off in the short term and will also get a better financial start after they've graduated. Not only that, a person who comes to WITT is investing in their future. After a year or two of study, they gain an industry-relevant qualification and their earning potential increases dramatically.”

John said that WITT is more than ready to assist as the region shifts into the recovery phase of Covid-19.

“As the learning hub for Taranaki, WITT is a critical part of this region’s community response to Covid-19,” he said.

“On top of Zero Fees, we’re also working closely with the Chamber of Commerce. We now have a presence in the CBD, as well as our Bell Street and South Taranaki campuses, so that everyone in our region can better access WITT’s services and advice at this crucial time.”

In the recent Budget 2020 the government announced a $1.6 billion package to fund vocational training and apprenticeships, which John said aligns nicely with WITT’s Zero Fees scheme.

“One of the key differences is that WITT’s Zero Fees offer is not just for select courses. It’s not just trades training or apprenticeships,” he said.

“We are offering Zero Fees education on the first year of any WITT programme, including degree-level study and diplomas. So anyone wanting to get qualified or upskill - in any of our key industries - will benefit.”

“It may be that post-Covid, Taranaki professionals need to add a string to their bow to get a competitive edge. WITT can help.”

The Zero Fees offer is available to domestic full-time students who are who are not eligible for the Government Fees Free scheme.

Students enrolling in the Bachelor of Nursing are eligible for a Nursing Scholarship, valued at $7,000. Scholarships will be available to those that get in quick, and they are available to both domestic and international students.

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