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Youth Guarantee

Are you between 16-24 years old and have left school? Are you looking to jump into a career but don’t know where to start? 

UCOL offers a number of Youth Guarantee scholarships for a range of Level 1 – 3 vocationally focused programmes which could catapult you onto your dream career pathway. Our Trades Academy and Youth Guarantee programmes are among the biggest and most successful in the country. 

The Youth Guarantee scheme is designed to provide 16-24 year olds with an opportunity to study towards NCEA Level 2 aligned with the Vocational Pathways, or equivalent, at tertiary providers free of charge. 

This government initiative provides learning opportunities for students to achieve a minimum of National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level two or equivalent credits and create more successful transitions from school to study and work.

Youth Guarantee scholarships at UCOL provide an opportunity for you to get a foundation qualification while you gain practical skills to take into the workforce. As a Youth Guarantee Scholarship recipient you may qualify for:

1) Fees free study in Level 1 – 3 programmes for up to two years
2) Cover for course related costs (conditions apply)
3) Mentoring and support towards successful completion 


Potential Youth Guarantee scholarship students are advised that some programmes of study may have limited places. The Youth Guarantee application is in addition to UCOL's normal enrolment process so students are strongly advised to submit their Youth Guarantee application with their enrolment application. 

For more information on Youth Guarantee Scholarships, please visit the UCOL Information Centre on the corner of King and Princess Streets, Palmerston North.

Palmerston North