TTAF NO FEES

FREE TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES - ENROL NOW

Take advantage of this government offer that will allow you to study select sub-degree courses at no cost.

The Government has made it easier for New Zealanders who want to train in industries where demand is expected to grow as the country recovers from COVID-19. The Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) will support learners to undertake sub-degree vocational education and training without fees. 

SIT offers a wide range of sub-degree programmes that fall under the TTAF No Fees categories. You could re-train, transfer your skills or start fresh while taking advantage of this opportunity.

Available Courses

Available Courses in

  • Invercargill
  • Christchurch
  • SIT2LRN Distance Learning
  • Queenstown
  • Telford
  • Telford Distance
  • Biological Husbandry Unit (BHU)

ABOUT THE FUND

The Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund is targeted towards industry skill needs where demand from employers for these skills will continue to be strong or is expected to grow, during New Zealand's recovery period from the impacts of COVID-19. In many cases apprentices, trainees and learners at tertiary providers will save between $2500 and $6500 per year.

Study in the following areas is covered by the Fund:

  • All apprenticeships
  • Level 3-7 sub-degree programmes in targeted areas delivered by tertiary providers
  • Industry training, outside of apprenticeships, in targeted areas.

The targeted areas are:

  • Primary industries, including agriculture, horticulture and viticulture, fisheries and forestry;
  • Construction, including building, plumbing, and civil engineering;
  • Community support, including youth work, care for elderly, counselling, and community health including mental health and addiction support
  • Manufacturing and mechanical engineering and technology;
  • Electrical engineering; and
  • Road transport (vehicle operations).

Targeted Areas At Sub-degree Level Covered By TTAF

  • Social Services
  • Youth Work
  • Support for the Older Person
  • Care for People with Disabilities
  • Community Client Care
  • Counselling
  • Translating and Interpreting
  • Community Health
  • Health Education, Promotion, Counselling
  • Paramedical Studies

Example qualifications

NZC - NZ Certificate; NZA – NZ Apprenticeship

  • NZC in Health and Wellbeing (Level 3 and Level 4)
  • New Zealand Diploma in Health and Wellbeing (Level 5) Applied Practice
  • NZC in Youth Work (Level 4)
  • NZA in Mental Health and Addiction Support

Civil Engineering

  • Construction Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Building Services Engineering
  • Water and Sanitary Engineering
  • Transport Engineering
  • Road Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Civil Engineering not elsewhere classified

Architecture and Urban Environment

  • Architecture
  • Urban Design and Regional Planning
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Interior and Environmental Design
  • Architecture and Urban Environment not elsewhere classified

Building

  • Building Science and Technology
  • Building Construction Management
  • Building Surveying (Inspection)
  • Building Construction Economics (including Quantity Surveying)
  • Bricklaying and Stonemasonry
  • Carpentry and Joinery
  • Ceiling, Wall and Floor Fixing
  • Roof Fixing
  • Plastering
  • Furnishing Installation
  • Floor Coverings
  • Glazing
  • Painting, Decorating, Sign Writing and Other Finishes
  • Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying
  • Scaffolding and Rigging
  • Building not elsewhere classified

Example qualifications

NZC - NZ Certificate; NZA – NZ Apprenticeship

  • NZC in Carpentry (Level 4)
  • NZC in Plumbing (Level 4)
  • NZ Diploma in Engineering - Civil (Level 6)
  • NZA in Civil Infrastructure Trades
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Technology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Communications Technologies
  • Communications Equipment Installation and Maintenance
  • Power Line Installation and Maintenance
  • Electrical Fitting, Electrical Mechanics
  • Refrigeration, Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Electronic Equipment Servicing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering  and Technology not elsewhere classified
  • Automotive Vehicle Operations

Example qualifications

NZC - NZ Certificate

  • NZC in Commercial Road Transport (Heavy Vehicle Operator) (Level 3)
  • NZC in Passenger Service (Level 3) with strands in School Bus, Urban Bus, and Long Distance Bus

Agriculture

  • Agricultural Science
  • Wool and Fibre Science
  • Beekeeping
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Crop Production
  • Wool and Fibre Harvesting
  • General Land Skills
  • Agriculture not elsewhere classified

Horticulture and Viticulture

  • Horticulture
  • Viticulture

Forestry Studies

  • Forestry Studies
  • Solid Wood Processing

Fisheries Studies

  • Aquaculture
  • Seafood Harvesting (Fishing)
  • Fisheries  Studies not elsewhere classified

Environmental Studies

  • Land, Parks and Wildlife Management
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Environmental Studies not elsewhere classified

Other Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies

  • Pest and Weed Control
  • Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies not elsewhere classified

Example qualifications

NZC - NZ Certificate

  • NZC in Horticulture (Level 3)
  • NZC in Dairy Farming (Level 4)
  • NZC in Forestry Operations (Level 3)

Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology

  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Printing
  • Textile Making
  • Plastics Processing Technology
  • Footwear Making
  • Wood Machining and Turning
  • Cabinet Making
  • Furniture Upholstery and Renovation
  • Furniture Polishing
  • Manufacturing Engineering and Technology not elsewhere classified.

Process and Resources Engineering

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Mining and Resources Engineering
  • Wood Based Manufacturing
  • Materials Engineering
  • Ceramics, Industrial Glass and Rubber Manufacturing
  • Food (excluding Seafood) Processing Technology
  • Seafood Processing
  • Process and Resources Engineering not elsewhere classified

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Technology

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Toolmaking
  • Metal Fitting, Turning and Machining
  • Sheetmetal Working
  • Boiler-making and Welding
  • Metal Casting and Pattern Making
  • Precision Metalworking
  • Plant and Machine Operations
  • Mechanical and Industrial Engineering & Technology not elsewhere classified

Example qualifications

NZC - NZ Certificate; NZA – NZ Apprenticeship

  • NZC in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)
  • NZ Diploma in Engineering - Mechanical (Level 6)
  • NZA in Mechanical Engineering
  • NZA in Engineering - Fabrication
  • All Apprenticeships

Example qualifications

NZA – NZ Apprenticeship

  • NZA in Automotive engineering – light vehicle
  • NZA in Hairdressing (professional stylist)
  • NZA in Cookery

FAQs

Study includes targeted certificates, diplomas and micro-credentials at levels 3-7, targeted industry training, and all apprenticeships.  

Study in the following areas is covered by the Fund:

  • All apprenticeships
  • Level 3-7 sub-degree programmes in targeted areas delivered by tertiary providers
  • Industry training, outside of apprenticeships, in targeted areas.

The targeted areas are:

  • Primary industries, including agriculture, horticulture and viticulture, fisheries and forestry;
  • Construction, including building, plumbing, and civil engineering;
  • Community support, including youth work, care for elderly, care for people with disabilities, counselling,  interventions in family violence, and community health
  • Manufacturing and mechanical engineering and technology
  • Electrical engineering
  • Road transport (vehicle operations)
The Fund will cover fees from 1 July 2020 until 31 December 2022.
No, learners do not need to apply to access this Fund. If you are enrolled in an eligible programme, then the Fund will automatically cover your fee costs from 1 July 2020 until 31 December 2022. Your provider or training organisation will no longer require you to pay these fees.
For those studying at providers the fees from course fees, compulsory course costs, and compulsory student services fees from eligible programmes will be covered. For those within industry training (including apprenticeships) the fees that would otherwise be paid to the transitional Industry Training Organisations for training and assessment.
If you have already enrolled at a provider, or started an eligible programme earlier in 2020 that will continue past 1 July 2020, then your fees for courses starting from 1 July 2020 will be covered. If you are enrolling in a programme at a provider that starts just prior to the 1 July 2020, the provision from this slightly earlier start date to 1 July 2020 may also be covered; government is currently finalising the rules for this. Industry training will be prorated across months and training from 1 July will be free for trainees.
Government agencies will work with the Tertiary Education Organisation that received your fees to enable them to refund fees – either directly to you, by a student loan reversal or reinstatement of your first year Fees Free entitlement. It may take time for the refunds to be made, or for student loan borrowing or first year Fees Free entitlements to be adjusted. More details on this will be provided, but the process will be straightforward for learners.
This depends on the duration of their training, and in what area it is in, as these influence the cost of study that fees contribute to. For apprentices and learners within tertiary providers, each will save typically between $2,500 and $6,500 for training over a year.
This Fund aims to support the workforce to build skills that will be needed for the economic recovery. Some industry areas will be less affected by the economic downturn caused by COVID-19 or are likely to play a key part in New Zealand’s economic recovery. Targeting the Fund at these areas will encourage learners, including displaced workers who want to reskill or upskill, to undertake study in areas that will give them better employment options during the economic recovery.
The targeting is to support skill needs, where there is likely to be better employment prospects during the economic recovery. Apprentices are already in employment, even if is in an area that may be adversely affected by COVID-19, such as the hospitality industry. Supporting their training supports them to stay in current employment and training.
Contact SIT directly to find out more about enrolment options in areas that interest you.
Employers with queries related to apprenticeships or other industry training should contact the transitional industry training organisation for their industry.

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