at the YMCA

“Whaia te iti kahuranga kit e tuahu koe me he maunga teitei”

Aim for the highest cloud so that if you miss it, you will hit a lofty mountain

For over 25 years the YMCA has provided programmes that offer a safe and positive learning environment for young people in education, training and employment related skills.

Our FREE COURSES aim to raise self-esteem, confidence, and motivation to develop life skills in each student so they can realise their potential and achieve.

The YMCA core values are built into the design and delivery of all our Education programmes.

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Youth Guarantee

Education at the City Y

The YMCA Education programmes, based at 12 Hereford Street, offer a range of FREE fulltime courses for young people, aged 16-19, who are no longer enrolled in mainstream school or other tertiary training. All courses aim to re-connect and engage students with education and learning by working within a small group, which caters for individual needs in a stimulating, supportive and safe environment.

Through our Youth Guarantee Courses we offer NCEA Opportunities for 16-19 year olds. Literacy and Numeracy support is offered to all students, one-on-one and in small groups, to assess and develop their literacy and numeracy skills and enhance their learning outcomes.

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Courses Available

As an approved provider we offer NZQA approved courses (NZCFS L1, NZCFS L2) aimed specifically towards young school leavers up to and including 19 years of age, catering for individual strengths.

We motivate and educate young people so they can pathway into desirable training and employment outcomes through our foundation qualifications, meeting eligibility criteria for vocational training and entry level employment goals.

Academic progress is recognised through unit standard completion, tailored to fit learner goals. NZQA National Certificates are recognised by employers, and used for entry selection by universities and polytechnics, both in NZ and overseas.

Educational programmes are delivered under subcontract agreement with the National Council of YMCAs of New Zealand (NZQA Registered PTE). Refer to the Full Programme information below.




Y Skills Level 1
Skills for You
NZ Certificate in Foundation Skills – Level 1

This qualification is intended to assist people engaging or re-engaging with learning to prepare them for further learning and employment. It recognizes the importance of core capabilities such as confidence, basic knowledge, and skills, and literacy and numeracy, in a range of simple and structured contexts.

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Y Skills Level 2
Ready2Work/Kia rite mo te mahi
NZ Certificate in Foundation Skills – Level 2

This programme equips youth aged 16-19 with knowledge and skills required to navigate in this diverse and dynamic 21st century. The programme consists of four courses which help learners develop basic capabilities and competencies to pursue pathways into employment or further education.
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If you’d like to find out more about our education programmes please fill in the form below and we’ll be in touch with more information.


Education at the City Y

P 03 366 0689  E



The National Council of YMCAs has been an NZQA registered Private Training establishment since 1991. 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 2 NZQA Education Evaluation & Review(EER) Status (2016); NZQA is (a) confident in this providers ability to Self-Assess and (b) confident in this providers educational performance. For more information on EER ratings please go to;



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