I think that given that beginners should have cheap fits, low risk, and can still do all they can do while sacrificing tank, tracking, dps, or any of the other more specific rigs, I think beginners should fit for alignment & AU/s
Frankly, Eve is a big place, and most of your time is painfully spent in warp. And for a beginner, they should probably shoot for 4.0+ AUs on everything they fly, it saves so much more time which will give them a more valuable gaming experience.
I think speed is an indispensable fit for any beginner in EVE for that time saving reason alone. And the rigs/modules are fairly cheap.