NorthTec and TANZ eCampus are launching a fees-free online learning initiative, to help Northlanders upskill or reskill if they have been impacted by the current Covid-19 pandemic.
NorthTec and TANZ eCampus are already partners delivering fully online learning for students to study in their own home and at their own pace.
NorthTec chief executive Wayne Jackson says unemployment is predicted to rise sharply as the country deals with the uncertainty created by the Covid-19 pandemic, with difficult times ahead for many people who might find themselves needing to upskill or learn new skills to support a move into different industries and jobs. Courses range from business studies to information technology and construction.
“To support people and employers in our region, NorthTec is building further on the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) ‘Fees Free’ options to ensure we can offer fees-free learning to all people in our region,” Mr Jackson says.
Learners can also access Chromebook devices from NorthTec to help them study from home.
To benefit from the fees-free initiative, learners need to enrol by May 18.
“We recognise that this is a very difficult time for many people, and that there will be job losses across the region. While people are unable to work, and forced to stay home during the lockdown, this initiative will help them retrain through quality education with no fees attached.
“TANZ eCampus is a fully online platform and is staffed by trained and experienced tutors who support learners throughout their studies.”
The NorthTec eCampus portfolio of programmes can be found at https://www.northtec.ac.nz/programmes/ecampus, along with details on how to enquire and apply.
NorthTec can provide details of a range of data support schemes that are available to support learning if required. Details can be provided to students at the point of enrolment.