Leading vocational educator NZMA fees-free from January 2018

Leading vocational educator NZMA fees-free from January 2018

Tuesday 12 December

12 December 2017 New Zealand students will be able to chase their dreams fees-free from January 2018 thanks to the New Zealand Government’s new tertiary education policy.

Just re-affirmed as a Category 1 provider by NZQA, NZMA is eligible to offer the first year of tertiary study to New Zealand students free of charge. This is the first step in the government’s stated intent to extend this policy to two years of fees-free study by 2021 and three years by 2024.

In a further boost, from next year, student allowances will be increased by $50 per week. The amount students can borrow as Living Costs under the student loan scheme will also increase by $50 per week.

Under the new fees-free policy, all New Zealand students who finish school in 2017, or will finish school during 2018, qualify for a year of free provider based tertiary education or industry training up to a cap of $12,000 per year.

The policy will also benefit those who aren’t school leavers. There are no age restrictions, and adults who have done half a full-time year of tertiary education or training may also qualify for fees-free.

With 11 campuses around New Zealand, NZMA is recognised as a leader in vocational education.  Over 30 qualifications from levels 2 – 7 across a range of certificate, diploma and degree courses in hospitality, business, information technology (IT), trades, retail, contact centre, sport, health, pharmacy, early childhood education and floristry.

Also offering free youth guarantee and Maori & Pasifika trades training programmes, NZMA is well positioned to help guide students to a successful career.

This was recognised in NZMA’s recent New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) latest External Evaluation and Review (EER), where NZMA has consistently achieved a Category 1 rating with a Highly Confident in Educational Performance and Highly Confident in Capability in Self-Assessment. This is the highest possible rating that a tertiary provider can achieve and particularly notable for a private tertiary institution.

NZMA Chief Executive Officer, Mark Worsop said, “We are really thrilled for eligible students to have the opportunity to study fees-free next year.  With over 30 qualifications ranging from Level 1-7 servicing multiple industries, we are able to match the needs of many students across our campuses, which is reflected in the fact that we have already placed students into well over 3,000 employment opportunities this year already”.

He continued, “We were however particularly pleased that the EER report highlighted our care around the welfare needs of all our students as a priority for us.  Our staff are highly dedicated, and form strong relationships with our students to ensure the best outcomes for them. 

“I’m personally very proud of our staff as they go above and beyond to safeguard and support our students on their career paths.  Sometimes this can mean dealing with all sorts of issues that students have to deal with at home.  Our staff step up and have a real commitment to making a difference.”

The EER also noted that, “Students, whanau, employers and the government gain excellent value from the programmes delivered by NZMA. This value can be summarised as new skills and enhanced personal attributes, qualifications and opportunities to gain programme relevant employment, especially for students who might otherwise have been disengaged. The international students gain value by adding to their qualifications through majoring in a management-related area and gaining more understanding of New Zealand business.”

Mr Worsop added, “This highlights our commitment to ensuring our students gain the skills to be work-ready.  We have small classes and a devoted teaching staff, which creates a conducive learning environment, so students are engaged.”


We teach real skills for today’s professions.  Across seven campuses nationwide we deliver employment-focused vocational training to 3500 students each year in the fields of hospitality, cookery, business, retail, contact centre, trades, sports, early childhood education and health.

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