Thu 11 Jun 2020

South Taranaki welcomes Zero Fees

Opportunities to upskill and get qualified are about to increase in South Taranaki, with free training at WITT's Hawera campus starting in July. There are a number of programmes on offer in South Taranaki next semester including hairdressing, fitness, hospitality and foundation studies, and they’re available for free thanks to WITT’s new Zero Fees initiative.

The New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) will be offered at WITT’s South Taranaki campus for the first time, with campus facilities being upgraded to accommodate the hairdressing programme.

In addition to Hairdressing and Foundation Skills, full-time programmes starting in July include Food & Beverage (Level 3) and Exercise (Level 4). Part-time options and short courses are also on offer throughout the year, including Barista Classes, Te Reo Māori and First Line Management.

South Taranaki Mayor Phil Nixon said WITT’s Zero Fees scholarships are a critical part of the community’s Covid-19 recovery.

“In today’s fast changing world we should always be looking to upskill in some way and now is an even more important time as we recover from the events of the last few months,” he said.

“Enrolling in and completing one of WITT’s free courses could be just what you need to kick start your career and open new pathways for employment. Give one of these a go and shape your future and the future of our region.”

WITT held a successful Open Day at Hawera campus on Wednesday, providing the community an opportunity to meet tutors, check out the facilities and experience some interactive elements of the courses.

Director of the School of Nursing, Health and Wellness Ruth Crawford said Wednesday’s Open Day helped potential learners get a feel for WITT in a relaxed and welcoming environment.

“Even for those not sure what they want to do, the Open Day was a great place to start,” she said.

“It was great to see people coming along with their whānau and friends to chat to our careers adviser and tutors, and getting excited about taking the next step toward their career.”

Ruth said the 15-week Certificate in Foundation Skills is a popular choice for those who aren’t yet sure which path they want to take.

“Our Foundation Skills programme is a great stepping stone for those that have been out of education for some time, or need a bit of assistance to engaging or re-engaging with learning.

“Many of our students say the programme has given them the confidence boost they needed to go on to further study or move their career forward.”

For a list of study options on offer at our Hawera campus, visit

Pictured: Attendees at Wednesday's Open Day, outside WITT's South Taranaki campus