Courses or training to help you into work or further study

There are lots of courses and plenty of support available to get you underway, even if you don’t have the grades you want. These can start while you are still at school. Bridging courses can help if you find you have studied different subjects than you might need to have done for a course. 

Youth Guarantee programme 

If you are 16 -19 and have left school but still want to get some tertiary qualifications or gain some practical skills, then the Youth Guarantee might be really useful to you. Here’s the really good part – many course costs are free for students studying on the Youth Guarantee scheme. 

The Youth Guarantee provides young people like you with free access to study for qualifications at levels 1-3, helping you to be able to move into further tertiary education.  

Because the Youth Guarantee programmes are free, you can’t get student loans for your fees. If you are 18 you can apply for course related costs and living costs if you meet the Studylink eligibility requirements.

Find out more about Youth Guarantee.  

To study under the Youth Guarantee scheme, you must: 

  • be a NZ citizen or Permanent Resident 
  • be 16 to 19 years old before the start of the course* 
  • be prepared to study full-time for up to one year
  • fill in an application for a course or programme 
  • gain a place in that course or programme 
  • be successful in the Youth Guarantee funding interview - this will happen once you have gained your place. 

Vocational Pathways 

Vocational Pathways offer new ways to achieve NCEA Level 2 which is a really important base level for further education and training. They help you to see a structured pathway with all the choices that may help shape your future.  

Achieving Vocational Pathways shows you have developed skills and have achieved in areas that employers will value. It shows that you have skills and knowledge that they are looking for and are relevant for their industries.  

Vocational Pathways help you to see which subjects and standards you should do to get to where you want to go. Use the Profile Builder tool on the Youth Guarantee website to explore your study options.  

Learn more about the six Vocational Pathways  

Introduction to the Vocational Pathways for students, parents, whānau, aiga  

Bridging and foundation courses 

If you want to take a polytechnic or university course but don’t have enough NCEA credits to be accepted, maybe you could try a bridging or foundation course. 

Bridging courses are useful if you: 

  • need to earn more qualifications to get into the course you want to do 
  • want to see if you can cope with the study or training 
  • want to try out study or training before you make a financial commitment. 

Bridging or foundation courses are often held in maths, English and science subjects.

Many training providers also offer foundation courses that help you learn essay writing, study and time management skills, or get a feel for a subject area. These courses are an excellent way to develop good study habits before you start your course. 

Learn more about bridging and foundation courses from the really useful Careers New Zealand website



Find out more about tertiary study in New Zealand