Youth Guarantee

The Youth Guarantee Scheme gives 16 to 19 year olds the chance to study for free for up to two years.

Are you 16-19 years old and looking to learn practical skills? Youth Guarantee is an initiative that provides up to two years of full-time skills-based training for 16 – 19 year olds, free of charge. It will help you to gain practical qualifications and set you up for a range of career options.

Is youth guarantee for me?

  • You must be at least 16 - 19 years of age at the start of the Youth Guarantee programme

  • You must be a New Zealand citizen or have New Zealand permanent residency

  • It is valid for two years of free full-time study in a level 1-3 programme

  • 18 and 19 year olds enrolled in fees-free Youth Guarantee qualifications will now be able to access the course related costs and living costs part of the loan, and student allowances if they meet the eligibility criteria.

  • Under 18 year olds will not be able to access any part of student loans

  • You may be able to access a student allowance if you meet the relevant eligibility criteria – refer to

Learn more about the Youth Guarantee Initiative here

What can I study?

Fees-free is available for study to obtain levels 1 to 3 qualifications at certificate level and for foundation skills, trades, business or cultural areas. 

Explore Youth Guarantee Programmes

How to Apply

To apply online, visit the enrolment page and complete the enrolment form, or download and print out the enrolment form and return it to NorthTec via the post at Private Bag 9019, Whangarei or by dropping it off at Enquiries and Enrolments, 55 Raumanga Valley Road, Whangarei.

For more information or assistance call 0800 162 100  or email