Youth Guarantee programme

Get work experience, study for NCEA, and do further training or study through Youth Guarantee programmes.

What is Youth Guarantee and who is it for?

Youth Guarantee programmes offer young people ways to experience real work environments and start pre-trade, trade or tertiary training, while still studying for NCEA.

Youth Guarantee scheme options include:

  • trades academies
  • services academies
  • Gateway
  • STAR (Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource)
  • Youth Guarantee Fund programmes (previously known as "Fees Free").

Vocational pathways

Vocational pathways is a framework showing Year 11 to 13 students how their NCEA credits relate to the skills employers value.

The pathways cover six sectors:

  • construction and infrastructure
  • creative industries
  • manufacturing and technology
  • primary industries
  • services industries
  • social and community services

Trades academies

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

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

  • are enrolled at school, and study there or at another site such as a polytechnic
  • study towards NCEA Level 2 or above
  • study towards transferable, trades-related qualifications at Levels 1, 2 or 3
  • may try out a job in a real work environment. 

Talk to your school's career adviser, dean or a trades academy about this programme.

Services academies

Services academies are military-focused programmes in schools for Year 11 to 13 students who are losing interest in school. 

 The programme runs for 12 months and you:

  • are enrolled at school
  • complete challenging outdoor activities
  • attend courses with NZ Defence Force's youth development unit
  • built physical fitness, leadership and life skills
  • study for NCEA Level 1 literacy and numeracy credits
  • study for NCEA Level 2 credits
  • study for other trade-related or tertiary credits.

Talk to your school's career adviser or dean about this programme.

Gateway

Gateway programmes are for Year 11 to 13 students who want to explore job options while studying towards NCEA.

In a 12 month Gateway programme you:

  • are enrolled at school
  • study for NCEA
  • try out a job in a real work environment
  • study for industry credits.

 Talk to your school's career adviser, Gateway adviser or dean about this programme. 

STAR (Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource)

STAR programmes are for Year 11 to 13 students who want to explore tertiary study while still at school.

In a STAR programme you: 

  • are enrolled at school
  • study for NCEA Levels 1 to 3
  • explore tertiary study
  • possibly start studying for tertiary qualifications. 

Talk to your school's career adviser, STAR adviser or dean about this programme.

Youth Guarantee Fund programmes (previously known as Fees-Free)

Youth Guarantee Fund programmes are for young people who: 

  • are 16 to 19-years-old
  • left school with few or no qualifications
  • want to work towards NCEA and other Level 1 to 3 qualifications.

Fifteen-year-olds may attend Youth Guarantee Fund programmes if they have a school exemption certificate.

A Youth Guarantee Fund programme may be full time or part time, and you:

  • are enrolled at a training provider such as a polytechnic, wānanga, or private training establishment
  • study for free
  • build on any NCEA credits you have
  • study for NCEA Level 1 or 2, industry credits and literacy and numeracy credits
  • study for an industry qualification up to Level 3. 

Updated 18 Jun 2018