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strong families strong communities

Full Time Programmes

We know not everyone learns the same way. That’s why the Y has developed real, practical, work-based learning to help you complete your NCEA Level studies with us. Our courses will not only support you to achieve NCEA qualifications, but you’ll also get an idea of the career you want to develop.

Our staff are experienced in supporting learners from all walks of life. Our facilities are diverse, providing a huge range of opportunities to engage with other students and the wider community through our health and fitness centre, stadium, climbing, outdoor education and recreation centre, A&P Association learning site as well as our dedicated learning spaces.

We believe in your potential to achieve, and we are here to enable you to progress to higher levels of study, training or employment.

Plus all students enrolled with the Y are entitled to a free YMCA gym membership while enrolled.

16-19 years old? Enrol into our FREE Youth-Guarantee funded programmes and gain Level 1 and 2 NZQA Qualifications. Our programmes can support eligible learners into further study, apprenticeships and employment.

Check out our 2022 Education Prospectus!

Dag a sheep, bag a career!

Primary Industries Programme

This programme offers a hands-on training experience for young people wanting a career in the agriculture/farming sector.

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Love an adventure? This is for you!

Service Industries Programme
Outdoor Recreation/Sport

Camping, tramping, climbing, abseiling, cycling, navigating, kayaking… the list goes on. These are all the things you’ll learn to do safely and with great processes to set you up as an outdoor educator or propel you into a career in adventure!

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Want a career working with people?

Social and Community Services Programme
Health/Youth Work/Childcare

This course is a hands-on programme in real work environments to help you get on your way. You will get opportunities for health and wellbeing experiences, youth work, front of house and childcare. A great chance to experience a wide range of potential careers if you are unsure of exactly what direction you want to go but you know that you love working with people.

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Getting started on your tertiary education or employment journey?

Foundation Skills Level 1
Te Papa Ako Toi

This programme will give you the foundational skills and knowledge to successfully transition into further education or employment. You’ll enjoy a range of activities and learning experiences .

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YMCA South Educational programmes are delivered under sub-contracted agreement with the National Council of YMCA’s of New Zealand [NZQA Registered PTE]

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.”

Education at YMCA South is proudly supported by