Youth Guarantee programme

Get work experience, train for a trade and earn NCEA Level 2 through the Youth Guarantee programme.

What is the Youth Guarantee programme?

You can get pre-trade training, work experience and achieve NCEA Level 2 or higher with Youth Guarantee.

The scheme has a range of programmes including:

  • vocational pathways
  • trades academies
  • service academies
  • Gateway work experience
  • fees-free courses.

Vocational pathways

Vocational pathways is a framework to show Year 11-13 students how their NCEA credits relate to skills needed in the workforce.

The pathways cover six broad industry sectors:

Trades academies

Trade academies teach pre-trade courses to Year 11-13 students.

Trades academy programmes are full time (25-30 hours a week) and you will be:

  • enrolled at school, but possibly studying at another site such as a workplace or polytechnic
  • working towards NCEA Level 2 or above
  • working towards a national certificate in a trade. 

Talk to your school's career advisor, dean or a trades academy to get on a course.

Service academies

Service academies are military-style programmes in schools for Year 12 and 13 students who are losing interest in school.

The programme runs for 12 months and you:

  • learn about outdoor education, physical fitness, goal setting, leadership and life skills
  • earn NCEA Level 1 literacy and numeracy credits
  • can earn some NCEA Level 2 credits.

Talk to your school's career advisor, dean or guidance counsellor about this programme.

Gateway

Gateway gives Year 11-13 students the chance to get work experience and gain NCEA credits through learning in a workplace.

Talk to your school's career advisor, dean or guidance counsellor about this programme.

Fees-free

The fees-free scheme lets you study free of charge towards NCEA Level 2 or more, work towards a national certificate in a trade or service and get work experience.

Students:

  • need to be 16 to 19 years old
  • study for two years full time in a Level 1-3 course.

Talk to your school's career advisor, dean or guidance counsellor or contact a fees-free academy.

 

Updated 1 Nov 2016