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YMCA Invercargill delivers programmes under sub-contracted agreement with the National Council of YMCA’s of New Zealand (NZQA Registered PTE). We have a team of dedicated tutors whose work is focussed on helping young people build a foundation for future success.

Building, empowering and engaging with youth has always been a fundamental purpose of the YMCA. Since our international establishment in 1844 (1855 in New Zealand), the YMCA movement has developed into an organisation that puts emphasis on providing the building blocks that enable people to live rewarding lives.

Intensive Literacy and Numeracy Programme

This programme is suitable for learners 16 years or older, with the aim to improve literacy and numeracy skills.

Y-Forward

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The Y-Forward programme is suitable for learners 16 years or older with the aim to improve literacy and numeracy skills.

Y-Forward is a FREE short course (up to 300 hours over 5-20 hours per week), open to anyone age 16-65 who finds reading, writing and basic maths challenging. Our skilled, friendly and supportive tutors can help put you on a path for greater success.

We believe in learning by doing. Through the programme you’ll build confidence and ability by practicing essential skills like:

  • Job search (creating a personal profile, CV and cover letter)
  • Cooking (reading, measuring, budgeting)
  • Filling in forms
  • Basic computer skills
  • Study towards a Class 1 Learner drivers licence
  • Financial literacy

Admission (Eligibility/Pre-requisites)

To be eligible for the Intensive Literacy and Numeracy programme learners must;

(a) be a domestic student, and

(b) have low skills in literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy:

A learner has a low skill level of literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy:

(a) if the learner has fewer than 80 credits on the NZQF, or

(b) if the learner has more than 80 credits on the NZQF, the learner has fewer than 12 credits on the literacy and/or numeracy in unit standards and/or achievement standands, or

(c) if the learner is assessed using the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool and presents at Step 1 or 2 on the Learning Progressions for reading and/or numeracy.

Fees: This is a FREE Intensive Literacy and Numeracy Funded programme. ALL programme related materials are provided.

Start Date: Ongoing throughout the year.

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Youth Guarantee Courses

These courses are about creating opportunities for 16 to 19 year olds who are not currently engaged in education. They are free, with no hidden costs.

Y-Auto

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Y-Auto programme information

Programme information

Course content includes:

  • Automotive Electrical and Electronics
  • Engineering – Measurement
  • Engineering Core Skills
  • Mechanical Assembly
  • Motor Industry – Introductory skills
  • Occupational Health and Safety Practice
  • Literacy and Numeracy

Eligibility/Pre-requisite

  • Open to 16 – 19 year olds that meet enrolment criteria

See Y-Auto programme information for all details

Fees: This is a FREE Youth Guarantee funded programme. ALL programme related materials are provided.

Start Date: Ongoing throughout the year

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Y-Engage

From social and co-operative skills to self management and legal studies, this course helps open career pathways while gaining NCEA Level 1 and 2. Find out moreClose

Y-Engage programme information

Programme information

Benefits

Course content includes:

  • Early Childhood; Educational Theory and Practice
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Legal Studies
  • Recreation and Sport: Core Skills
  • Social and Cooperative Skills
  • First Aid
  • Literacy and Numeracy

Eligibility/Pre-requisite

  • Open to 16 – 19 year olds that meet enrolment criteria

See Y-Engage programme information for all details

Fees: This is a FREE Youth Guarantee funded programme. ALL programme related materials are provided

Start Date: Ongoing throughout the year

Contact: Enable JavaScript to view protected content., (03) 218 9622 ext 1 or message us on Facebook

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Y-Rural

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Y-Rural programme information

Programme information

Benefits

Course content includes:

  • Agriculture vehicles and machinery
  • Sheep Farming
  • Farming Skills
  • General Agriculture
  • Plant Pest, Weed and Disease Control

Eligibility/Pre-requisite

  • Open to 16 – 19 year olds that meet enrolment criteria

See Y-Rural programme information for all details

Fees: This is a FREE Youth Guarantee funded programme. ALL programme related materials are provided.

Start Date: Ongoing throughout the year

Contact: Enable JavaScript to view protected content., (03) 218 9622 ext 1, or message us on Facebook

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YMCA is contracted through the Ministry of Social Development to provide support and mentoring for young people.

Students have this to say

“I was struggling at school with gaining credits and not attending. When I first started at the YMCA I had no credits, now I have 42 credits and I pretty much have perfect attendance.”

“I have achieved credits in Level 1. Before I came to the YMCA I didn’t have any credits. I was shy when I first came here, now I’m more open and honest. I love this course, the tutors encourage me to do more.”

“I see myself as a future farmer. At Y Rural I have a great opportunity to start getting the experience and skills to be a farmer. Learning great skills, lots of practical work, e.g. - maintaining farm vehicles, treating and handling livestock. I am currently working on fencing, mainly electric fencing. During this time, we are learning and experiencing farm health and safety. By doing this our community kids and farmers are happy and safe.”

“When I started the YMCA Connect course three months ago I was failing NCEA Level 1, but after a couple of months I gained Level 1 and I’m well on my way to get NCEA Level 2. I have made quite a few friends and it’s weird because I never had many friends my whole life. I am able to keep up my physical fitness and even gained an award for this.”

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