Full Time Programmes
16-19 years old? Enrol into our FREE Youth-Guarantee funded programmes and gain Level 1 and 2 NZQA Qualifications. Our Y-Skills programmes can support eligible learners into further study, apprenticeships and employment.
Korihi te manu The bird sings
Takiri mai i te ata The morning has dawned
Ka ao, ka ao, ka awatea The day has broken
Tihei Mauri Ora Behold there is life
Dag a sheep, bag a career! National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 2 Vocational Pathway Award; Primary Industries [v3]
Our NCEA Level 2 Primary Industries programme is unique, equipping you to look after yourself as you look after the farm. This programme is hands on, spending 4 days a week on a local sheep station.
Love an adventure? This is for you! National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 2
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!
Te Papa Ako Toi / Skills for You - New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 1) v2
Available at both our Invercargill and Winton sites, Te Papa Ako Toi focuses on building a work or study ready you! Self-management, confidence and how we communicate are a big focus of this programme, alongside basic knowledge, literacy and numeracy. Bonus: you’ll come out with a CV and interview skills, as well as knowing how to balance your time and budget - this is gold!
Kia Rite Mo Te Mahi / Ready2Work - New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2) v2
Similar to our Level 1 programme, Kia Rite Mo Te Mahi will set you up to get into work or tertiary study with a balanced approach. You’ll look at how you interract within a diverse community, how to nail a job interview and how to get the most out of your finances as well as looking after yourself and the people around you.
Our Mission in Education
Education is an important component of the YMCA mission. At YMCA South we hold to the fundamental purpose of the YMCA movement - founded in enabling young people to thrive and take their place in our community – our purpose is to ‘build strong kids, strong families, strong communities.
Put another way, we invest in the next generation. Education at the Y creates new opportunity. Our philosophy is based on the understanding that education is about developing the whole person. We believe learning is socially constructed and that we learn from old and new experiences. We also learn from each other recognising the unique talents in each person. We value qualifications as a statement of competence and the opportunities qualifications open up for us.
As a NZQA registered Private Training Establishment, we are specialist providers in Foundation and Vocational Pathway education. Our full-time programmes can lead to lead to NZQA level 1 and 2 qualifications. Unit standard and/or project-based assessments are features of our programmes and support the development of communication, problem solving, literacy, numeracy and interpersonal skills.
In accordance with section 234B of the Education Act 1989, The National Council of YMCAs of NZ has no known material conflicts of interest of any of the governing members of the establishment.