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Mainstream not your thing?

Gain your NZ Certificate in Foundation Skills Level 1/2 and NCEA Level 1/2 qualifications through this FREE Youth Guarantee-funded programme. We can also support eligible learners into further study, apprenticeships and employment.

You’ll get one-to-one support from our skilled Y tutors – a big advantage in unlocking your ability to succeed. Plus, classes are small and the Y is relaxed and friendly. If mainstream education isn’t working out for you and you’re 16-24 years old you may qualify for the Y•Skills programme, 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 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.