Youth Guarantee

  • 26 Feb & 23 July 2018
  • Level 1
  • 6 months to 1 year
  • $FREE - Domestic student

Qualification overview

Youth Guarantee is a Government initiative that gives 16 to 19-year-olds the chance to study FREE at WITT.

WITT offers practical programmes under the Youth Guarantee Scheme. These programmes range from Level 1 to 3. They can include literacy and numeracy components, as well as practical skills. You can choose to enrol in either a 1 year programme or a six month programme

1 year, full-time programmes:

• New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3)
• New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) (Level 3) (Year 1 only)
• New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory (Level 3)
• New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)
• New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Carpentry) (Level 3)
• New Zealand Certificate in Manaaki Marae - Te Nihowera, Te Ringawera (Kaupae 3)


Six-month programmes:

• Introduction to Hospitality (Level 2)*
• New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration & Technology) (Level 3)
• New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 3)
• New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3)
• New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2)
• National Certificate in Fitness (Exercise Consultant) (Level 3)

*Subject to NZQA approval

Entry requirements

To qualify to study under the Youth Guarantee Scheme, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be 16 to 19 years old
  • Not previously studied at a tertiary institute (STAR not included)
  • Be prepared to study full-time for 1 year
  • Must meet entry criteria for your chosen course
  • Be a NZ citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Interview



Tuition is FREE for students studying under the Youth Guarantee Scheme. PLEASE NOTE: because the fees are free you will NOT be eligible for a student loan while studying. You would have to contact Studylink to see if you are eligible for the student allowance. Compulsory course-related costs will not be covered.

Career Options

Depending on the qualification chosen, students may be able to seek entry level employment or apprenticeships.

Further study options

Graduates may proceed to study towards other WITT qualifications.



This form must be completed and attached to your application.  To complete the form, download it, complete the fields and then save to your computer.  This is best done on a desktop or laptop.  You can either print it, email it with your application or attach it as a document to your online application.

Youth Guarantee Application Brochure 

For further information, please contact WITT reception or the Youth Guarantee Support Coordinator at 0800 948 896. Places are limited, please apply early.