Y•Skills for Life

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Improve your reading, writing & maths

Whether you’re 16 or 65 or somewhere in between, Y•Skills for Life can help! We have FREE part-time options if you want to improve your reading, writing, maths, and digital technology skills.

We believe in learning by doing. Through the course, you’ll build confidence and ability while gaining useful skills in:
• CV and letter writing
• forms and job applications
• computers
• budgeting
• cooking
• learner driver licence, and more!

You’ll get one-to-one support from our skilled Y tutors – a big advantage in unlocking your ability to succeed. Classes are small and the Y is friendly and supportive.

We can tailor an individual learning plan built around the areas you want to improve, so get in touch today!

We’re proud to have received the Dyslexia-Friendly Quality Mark for 2023-2026 – one of only nine tertiary education providers in NZ! This recognises that our Y•Education learning centres in Christchurch, Ashburton, Timaru and Oamaru are safe places for neurodiverse learners, where they are understood and their needs can be supported. For more information about the Dyslexia-Friendly Quality Mark, click the link in Further Links on this page.

YMCA Provider Registration Details:

The National Council of YMCAs has been an NZQA-registered Private Training Establishment (PTE) since 1991 and is a NZQA Category 1 provider. Youth Guarantee-funded programmes of study are NZQA approved. The national Council of YMCAs of New Zealand does not declare any known material conflicts of interest of any of the governing members of the PTE and any interests the member has in organisations in the education or immigration sector that provide goods or services to tertiary students.

This service is an NZQA-approved sub-contracted provision of The National Council of YMCAs [provider number 9388]. The National Council of YMCAs holds a Category 1 NZQA Education Evaluation & Review (EER) Status (2024); NZQA is (a) highly confident in this provider’s ability to self-assess and (b) highly confident in this provider’s educational performance.