Youth Guarantee

Youth Guarantee Programmes

Because of the Government's targets, ALL Level 1 and 2 certificates at tertiary institutions are FREE. This is up to the age of 25.

There are also a number of qualifications at Level 3 which are fully funded. These Youth Guarantee placements are limited in number and students have to apply for a funded place and/or have an interview. Youth Guarantee places are generally vocational in nature and are usually for students who do not have NCEA Level 2 (There are some exceptions). Most of these courses will require students to have basic literacy and numeracy (Level 1), however some places do not require any formal qualifications. Most Youth Guarantee places include travel costs and full fees paid. Students are unable to access Student Loans for these programmes.

You can find more information about Youth Guarantee at

Institutions we have current arrangements for Youth Guarantee places in our location are:

Unitec Institute of Technology – Trades (Automotive, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Multiskill Construction), Music, and Foundation Studies

Manukau Institute of Technology: Automotive and Vehicle Technology, Bridging to Degree studies, Culinary Hospitality and Baking, Hairdressing, Horticulture and Landscaping, Tourism, and Trades.

Avonmore: IT (Networking Fundamentals) Level 5.

Servilles – Hospitality and Retail

Cut Above Academy – Hairdressing and Barbering

Academy New Zealand (Now under NZMA) – Level 1 NCEA in Work Readiness, Retail, Hospitality, Floristry, Sport

New Zealand School of Tourism – Hospitality and Tourism

New Zealand Equine Training School – Equine Training (based in Pukekohe but pick ups from Papakura)

New Zealand Institute of Sport – Sport and Recreation

Advance Training Centre (Military Prep School) – Military Studies

Auckland Hotel and Chef's Training School – Hospitality Cookery

Te Tai Poutini Polytechnic (MAINZ) Certificate in Foundation Sound and Music

Te Wananga O Aotearoa Construction, Multimedia (Computing), Maori Art, Fitness, Retail, and Tourism

New Zealand Management Academy Hospitality and Employment Skills, Early Childhood, Health

Premier Hairdressing Academy – Hairdressing and Barbering

Regent Training Centre - Automotive, Building, Customer Service, Panelbeating, Tourism, Hospitality, Intensive Literacy & Numeracy

Taratahi Agricultural College Farming and Agriculture

Workforce Development Hospitality Cookery