Yes, Witch Broom is free. Craftable in lab, but not easy to get for new players since you need late zone rare drop items aka you need a shitload of energy.
On another note: Gear gives new players a strong boost, but it is neglectable in the longer run. I would recommend to new players to save for a GS ship from front page for just 30 GS (or buy some of the Talos Vaults if they feel lucky). If you want a GS armor set, I would pass on the Witch stuff (only a miniset). Wait for the next real set on frontpage and get all parts of that (300+ GS though).