“He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata”

What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people.


For over 25 years the Y has provided programmes that offer a safe and positive learning environment for young people in education, training and employment related skills.

Our FREE COURSES aim to raise self-esteem, confidence, and motivation to develop life skills in each student so they can realise their potential and achieve.

The Y core values are built into the design and delivery of all our education programmes.

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Youth Guarantee

Education at the City Y


The YMCA Education Centre, based at 12 Hereford Street, offers FREE full-time programmes for youth aged 16 – 19, who are no longer enrolled in mainstream school or other tertiary education. All courses aim to engage students with education in a positive learning environment that is supportive, fun and relevant to the needs of youth. Our programmes support the development of numeracy and literacy skills that are required by further training, the workplace, and everyday life.

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Courses Available

As an NZQA approved provider, we offer three courses that develops skills and knowledge that assist young people with finding success in further education and training, or employment. The qualifications gained at the YMCA Education Centre are recognised by employers, and assist the application for enrolment in further education and training in universities and polytechnics, both in New Zealand and overseas. While academic progress is recognised through course completion, it is the learning of skills and the joy that students experience when opportunities are created by their efforts in education that is the real success for our learners.

Education programmes are delivered under subcontract agreement with the National Council of YMCA’s of New Zealand (NZQA Registered PTE). Refer to the Full Programme information below.





Y Skills Level 1
Skills for You
NZ Certificate in Foundation Skills – Level 1

This qualification promotes the engagement or re-engagement with learning for young people with an aim of preparing them for further education and employment. The programme recognises and builds core capabilities including confidence, literacy and numeracy, cultural knowledge and basic workplace skills. The course is structured to meet a range of learners needs.

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Y Skills Level 2
Ready2Work/Kia rite mo te mahi
NZ Certificate in Foundation Skills – Level 2

This programme equips youth aged 16-19 with knowledge and skills required to navigate in this diverse and dynamic 21st century. The programme consists of four courses which help learners develop basic capabilities and competencies to pursue pathways into employment or further education.

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Adult Community Education
Short Course

This short course provides learners who want to enrol in the next NZCFS Level 1 or 2 intake an opportunity to formally enrol as a YMCA student without delay. Learners can start building on their literacy, numeracy and study skills and become oriented with their upcoming qualification content. A wide range of practical programme options are available.

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Y Skills for Life
Intensive Literacy & Numeracy

Our ILN courses are designed to support learners who want to gain confidence and upskill in reading, writing, working with numbers and communication.


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If you’d like to find out more about our education programmes please fill in the form below and we’ll be in touch with more information.


Education at the City Y

P 03 366 0689  E education@ymcachch.org.nz



The National Council of YMCAs has been an NZQA registered Private Training establishment since 1991. Youth Guarantee-funded programmes of study are NZQA approved. Educational programmes are delivered under sub-contracted agreement with The national Council of YMCA’s of New Zealand [NZQA registered PTE]
*This service is an NZQA-approved sub-contracted provision of The National Council of YMCAs [provider number 9388].
The National Council of YMCAs holds a Category 2 NZQA Education Evaluation & Review(EER) Status (2016); NZQA is (a) confident in this providers ability to Self-Assess and (b) confident in this providers educational performance. For more information on EER ratings please go to; https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers/details.do?d-5425-o=1&providerId=938804001&d-5425-s=1



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