“Free” studies are tempting more people to consider pursuing further education. But which free courses pay you the best in the long run?
Tuition-free tuition offers students their first year of higher education or two years of training, worth up to $12,000, free of charge.
Although it is not the only way to free study. Southern Institute of Technology offers free tuition to local students at all levels of study and offers courses in agriculture, creative arts, beauty, education, construction, hospitality, music and physical education.
One of the largest higher education providers in New Zealand, Toi Ohomai offers free courses for a number of career paths including agriculture, architecture, automotive, business, forestry, horticulture, fashion and transport and logistics.
* Agricultural courses to meet the needs of primary industries
* New funding scheme will not affect SIT zero fees.
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Several courses can be completed in a year – Certificate in Exercise (Level 4), Diploma in Tourism and Travel (Level 5), Diploma in Networking (Level 6) and Diploma in Business (Project Management).
So which one gives you the best earning potential?
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According to the MTA, there is a chronic shortage of qualified automotive technicians throughout New Zealand.
Research website MoneyHub found that because of this shortage, automotive engineers were making good money and expected to remain fully employed.
Automotive technicians may want to progress into workshop management roles or later buy their own workshop.
Internships through MITO give trainees the opportunity to earn while they learn, and fees should be minimal or paid by the employer.
Trade-qualified automotive technicians were paid $24 to $37 an hour for new hires.
It takes three to four years of work and study to become a registered electrician, covered only by an internship.
Apprentices can start on a statutory apprenticeship wage of £16.96 an hour, but the pay is often higher, MoneyHub said.
According to CareersNZ, qualified electricians earn between $25 and $32 an hour and experienced electricians in the specialist trade or self-employed can earn between $80,000 and $100,000 a year.
IT Sector Roles: Programmers, IT Architects and Software Developers
It’s no secret that IT is one of the highest paying industries in New Zealand.
According to Trade Me Jobs, the average salary in the IT sector rose 3 percent year-over-year to $120,365 in the second quarter of this year. IT architects were the top earners with an average salary of $185,187.
The time it takes to study varies according to each role – but some certificates and diplomas are free of charge, while those that go for more than one year are free for the first year.
The average salary was $57,000, with a range of $53,000 to $62,000 and after five years the average salary was $77,000.
More than half of the 100 most popular jobs listed on Business Me last month were in the agriculture, fishing and forestry sectors.
In the second quarter, the average wage in agriculture, fishing and forestry was $62,915, an increase of 6% compared to the same quarter last year.
The dairy industry earned an average salary of $64,658, beef and lamb earned $62,352, and agriculture earned $65,498.
You don’t need a qualification for most farming jobs because skills are learned on the job, but if you decide to specialize, your qualification will help you further your career.
Most workers are provided accommodation, power, telephone, food, meat, milk, fuel and a private car.