We build strong kids
strong families strong communities

YMCA Invercargill delivers programmes accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. 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.

Literacy Courses

These programmes are suitable for all ages, with the aim to improve literacy and numeracy skills.

Y-Forward

Whether you need help with financial literacy, designing your C.V or gaining skills for further tertiary education, this course is designed to suit your needs. Find out moreClose

Y-Forward brochure

Y-Forward brochure

Benefits

  • Improve your literacy and numeracy
  • Gain study skills for further tertiary education
  • Study for your Learners Licence
  • Employment skills

Eligibility

  • Open to all ages
  • No qualifications required on enrolment

Cost: Free

Start Date: We take enrolment’s all year round

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Y-Workplace

Here is an opportunity for you to improve your literacy and numeracy skills in your job. This is a free course, with no age limits, but you must be in full/part time employment. Find out moreClose

Y-Workplace brochure

Y-Workplace brochure

Benefits

  • A greater understanding of workplace documentation
  • Health and Safety Procedures, Company Policies
  • Assisting with using computers at work
  • Increasing your communication skills
  • Individual or group sessions

Eligibility

  • Must be in full/part time employment
  • No qualifications required on enrolment

Cost: Free

Start Date: Start dates vary. Please contact us to find out when the next course is running

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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

Want a career as an electrician, a boat builder or a technician? Why not start with our Y-Auto course and gain NCEA Level 2 and a National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Level 2. Find out moreClose

Y-Auto brochure

Y-Auto brochure

Benefits

  • Stripping and rebuilding a 4 stroke motor
  • Rebuild a 4 cylinder motor
  • Servicing petrol and diesel engines
  • Learn to weld
  • Learn to use lathe and milling machines
  • Light fabrication
  • T.I.G, M.I.G and Gas

Eligibility

  • Open to all 16 – 19 year olds
  • No qualifications required on enrolment

Cost: Free

Start Date: We take enrolment’s all year round

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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

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Y-Engage brochure

Benefits

  • Work and study skills
  • Health and fitness education
  • Legal studies
  • Hauora and personal wellness
  • Tikanga/Maori
  • Literacy and numeracy

Eligibility

  • Open to all 16 – 19 year olds
  • No qualifications required on enrolment

Cost: Free

Start Date: We take enrolment’s all year round

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Y-Rural

Interested in agriculture or want to learn to drive a tractor? This course offers opportunities to learn all things rural. NCEA Level 2 and a National Certificate in Agriculture General Skills. Find out moreClose

Y-Rural brochure

Y-Rural brochure

Benefits

  • Fencing
  • Learn about sheep, dairying, arable and mixed farming
  • Learn how to drive a tractor, quad bike and motorbike
  • Learn about cultivation, fertilising, weed control, stock handling and treatment

Eligibility

  • Open to all 16 – 19 year olds
  • No qualifications required on enrolment

Cost: Free, including transport to and from the farm (from Invercargill and Winton). Protective gear provided.

Start Date: We take enrolment’s all year round

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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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