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YMCA Education & Training

Free Education & Training.

At the YMCA Palmerston North, Whanganui and surrounding areas, our students come to us from all different areas, walks of life, schooling and cultural backgrounds. We work with you individually to create a lesson plan that will get you the qualification and the outcome that you are striving to achieve. And if you are a hands-on learner, the YMCA is a great place for you to achieve.

As well as doing classroom-based work, we have opportunities for you to take part in sport, art, culture and even cooking!

We have small classroom sizes so you get a lot more individual attention, and we have a hugely talented and supportive group of tutors who are keen to help you achieve.

Students over 18 can receive a student allowance whilst studying with us. Travel allowances are available for all students not already receiving transport.

Navigate above to find the education course for you, or use the buttons below to see which courses are offered in your area.

TRANSPORT: Free transport is available from: Woodville, Dannevirke and Ashhurst.

Registration Details

The National Council of YMCA’s has been an NZQA registered Private Training establishment since 1991. Youth Guarantee-funded programmes of study are NZQA approved. The National Council of YMCA’s of New Zealand does not declare any known material conflicts of interest of any of the governing members of the PTE and any interests the member has in organisations in the education or immigration sector that provide goods or services to tertiary students.

*This service is an NZQA-approved sub-contracted provision of The National Council of YMCA’s [provider number 9388]. The National Council of YMCA’s 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 click here

Contact Us

0800 YMCA 4U (0800962248) 

Please send us an email or phone us:

Email: keri@ymcacentral.org.nz with the following details:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • Your email address
  • The programme you are interested in
  • Let us know if you are currently in Education. If NO, when did you leave?

We will get back to you as soon as we can!

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Our Programmes Include

Y Skills for Life

Intensive Literacy and Numeracy for 16 – 65 years.

Mainstream not your thing? Try the Y!  This course gives you the practical skills you need to get ahead in life.

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Skills for You Level 1

This qualification is intended to assist people engaging or reengaging with learning to prepare them for further learning and employment. It recognizes the importance of core capabilities such as confidence, basic knowledge, and skills, and literacy and numeracy, in a range of simple and structured contexts.

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Ready to Work 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. FREE for 16-19 year olds. Courses available in both Whanganui and Palmerston North.

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Pakohe Alternative Education

If you have a young person who is struggling with college and needs support, Alternative Education may be a temporary option for them to get back on track. It is a collaborative project between Whanganui High Schools/Colleges and the YMCA. This programme runs in Whanganui only.