Youth Guarantee

Whitireia offers a range of practical, fees-fee, one year programmes with the aim of providing students the opportunity to study at a tertiary level and gain a qualification that can lead to an apprenticeship, employment or further study.

To be eligible to enrol on one of our Youth Guarantee programmes students must:

  • Be turning 16-19 years of age at the commencement date of the programme
  • Be enrolling in full-time study
  • Be a New Zealand citizen or have New Zealand permanent residency

Note: funding for study on these programmes is limited to two years of free full-time study on a Level 1-3 programme and students cannot hold a qualification at Level 3 or above.

Did you know

  • Youth Guarantee funded programmes are available at Levels 1-3
  • StudyLink student loans are not applicable for students under 18 year olds
  • If you are under 18 years of age you may be able to access a student allowance; if you are 18-19 years of age you may be able to access a StudyLink loan and student allowance. Check out for more information.

Youth Guarantee Programmes

Certificate in Beauty and Styling*
Certificate in Work Skills (Hospitality & Tourism)
New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) (Level 3)
Certificate in Trades Skills
Certificate in Automotive Engineering*
Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Advanced)
New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing, Drainlaying and Gasfitting (Level 3)*
New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Carpentry) (Level 3)*
New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory (3)​*
​*Additional entry criteria applies to these programmes

Want to know more?

For more information, contact or call us on 0800 944 847.

Whitireia supports young people into their first year of tertiary study by:

  • Providing friendly and industry experienced tutors
  • Using their excellent training facilities to gain lots of practical experience (some programmes include work placements) 
  • Supporting students to gain the confidence to study and gain NZQA qualifications
  • Ensuring students get access to our excellent students support and career guidance
  • Including literacy and numeracy support and individual learning plans for all students


Got a question or feedback?
Call us on 0800 944 847
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