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Korihi te manu | The bird sings

Takiri mai i te ata | The morning has dawned

Ka ao, ka ao, ka awatea | The day has broken

Tihei Mauri Ora | Behold there is life

A bit about our values, our philosophy and us

Education is an important component of the YMCA mission. At the Y we hold to the fundamental purpose of the YMCA movement - founded in enabling young people to thrive and take their place in our community – our purpose is to ‘build strong kids, strong families, strong communities'.


Put another way, we invest in the next generation. Education at the Y creates new opportunity. Our philosophy is based on the understanding that education is about developing the whole person. We believe learning is socially constructed and that we learn from old and new experiences. We also learn from each other recognising the unique talents in each person. We value qualifications as a statement of competence and the opportunities qualifications open up for us.


As a NZQA registered Private Training Establishment, we are specialist providers in Foundation and Vocational Pathway education. Our full-time programmes can lead to lead to NZQA level 1 and 2 qualifications. Unit standard and/or project-based assessments are features of our programmes and support the development of communication, problem solving, literacy, numeracy and interpersonal skills.

In accordance with section 234B of the Education Act 1989, The National Council of YMCAs of NZ has no known material conflicts of interest of any of the governing members of the establishment.

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Programmes

All programmes are FEES-FREE

ACE [Adult Community Education]

“Get a head start on your learning journey with our ACE fees-free short course.”

This and other ACE short courses Offered at New Plymouth, Whanganui, Palmerston North, Timaru, Ashburton, Christchurch, Invercargill & Winton locations.

Programme information sheet ‘ACE’




Full-time Programmes - Y-Skills

Enrol into our FREE Youth-Guarantee funded programmes and gain Level 1 and 2 NZQA qualifications. Our Y-Skills programmes can support eligible learners into further study, apprenticeships and employment.


Te Papa Ako Toi – New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills Level 1 [Y-Skills for You]

Offered at New Plymouth, Whanganui, Palmerston North, Timaru, Ashburton, Christchurch, Invercargill & Winton locations.

Programme information sheet ‘Te Papa Ako Toi – New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills Level 1 [Y-Skills for You]’


Kia Rite Mo Te Mahi -New Zealand Certificate in Foundations Skills Level 2 [Ready2Work]

Offered at New Plymouth, Whanganui, Palmerston North, Timaru, Ashburton, Christchurch, Invercargill & Winton locations.

Programme information sheet ‘Kia Rite Mo Te Mahi -New Zealand Certificate in Foundations Skills Level 2 [Ready2Work]’


NCEA Level 2 with Vocational Pathway Award -Primary Industries [Y-Skills Farming]

NCEA Level 2 with Vocational Pathway Award – Service Industries [Y-Skills Outdoors]

Intensive Literacy & Numeracy programme [Y-Skills for Life]

A part time course [up to 20 hours per week]. Receive 80-300 hours of expert teaching to raise reading, writing and math skills”.

Offered at YMCA Gisborne, Hastings, Whanganui, Palmerston North, Timaru, Ashburton, Invercargill.

Programme information sheet ‘Intensive Literacy & Numeracy programme [Y-Skills for Life]’

 

Other short-term or part-time training options are available at our provider sites. Check out our local websites below for options:


The YMCA PTE operates a NZQA and TEC approved subcontracting model with six regional YMCA Associations. The National Council of YMCAs of New Zealand is a category 2 registered provider. NZQA is confident in the educational performance and self-assessment capability of our tertiary education organisation.

https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers

What our students say:

I like how the tutors are nice and that everyone that comes into the YMCA turns into a little family and that's something that make YMCA because it's a family like community.- ILN student
I love the way the tutors know to communicate with the students I love the feeling of being a part of the YMCA with friends I now call family and the work is explained by the tutors in a way that everyone can understand and if anyone needs one on one help the tutors are always there to help you and they make sure you don't fail they push you to do your best and the results are unbelievable I never knew how smart I was until I came to the YMCA- YG student
it's a great learning environment. Everyone is really easy to get along with including the tutors making it easier to learn. They are also good at focusing on each individuals needs.- YG student
I am accepted for who I am. I am strongly encouraged to be the best I can be. I am not judged by my past just encouraged for my future. I am learning to believe in myself. For the first time in my life I am having fun learning in this wonderful no pressure environment.- ILN student

What our stakeholders say:

I think the YMCA do a great job, they contact us for holistic support for rangatahi and keep us informed before problems get to big.- Young person support
The YMCA has been hugely supportive of our organisation in a number of ways, running health related programmes, transitioning our students and 1-1 support of our students through YJ. We are always treated with value and respect. Staff are always willing to find the best way to work with our students. Excellent job!!- Referral agent
YMCA do a fantastic job often taking on challenging students who if not for YMCA would not know a nurturing learning environment. I am grateful to have this resource in the community. Places like this are saving lives and giving hope and education back to youth.- Young person support

All enquiries or concerns to national@ymca.org.nz

Tertiary Education Commission Tertiary education commission

A distinguishing feature of YMCA Education programmes is our focus on the whole person. Our programmes follow the Te Whare Tapa Wha model: Te taha hinengaro, physiological wellbeing, Te taha whanau, family wellbeing, Tet aha tinana, physical health and Te taha wairua, spiritual wellbeing. Our teachers and programmes specialise in re-engaging dis-engaged learners.

Tertiary education commission

Our Philosophy Foundation education New Zealand

YMCA is registered with NZQA as a PTE (Private Training Establishment) delivering TEC funded programmes.

Our specialist services focus on literacy and numeracy, developing skills and knowledge to enable young people to lead fulfilling lives. We also provide vocational training across Social & Community, Primary Industry and Service Industries Pathways. YMCA programmes are individualised and designed to meet the needs of specific students.

Foundation education New Zealand
Our People
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YMCA New Zealand YMCA New Zealand
John Cudby

General Manager Education

John holds a Master's Degree in Education from Victoria University, Wellington. The focus of his
studies was Action Learning. This interest now plays an important part of John’s work with
YMCA as they move more toward inquiry based learning projects with our Foundation
Education programmes. These programmes are for young people who may otherwise
miss out. The value of education as a game changer in people's lives is well
understood. This is what excites John about coming to work each day –
the opportunity to make a difference by enabling young people to
thrive and take their place in our community.

John holds a Master's Degree in Education from Victoria University, Wellington. The focus of his studies was Action Learning. This interest now plays an important part of John’s work with YMCA as they move more toward inquiry based learning projects with our Foundation Education programmes. These programmes are for young people who may otherwise miss out. The value of education as a game changer in people's lives is well understood. This is what excites John about coming to work each day – the opportunity to make a difference by enabling young people to thrive and take their place in our community.

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YMCA New Zealand YMCA New Zealand

Mikaala is a proud Cantabrian. She worked as a secondary teacher, workplace trainer, assessor and
tertiary educator for 17 years, before joining YMCA Christchurch from 2013-2017. She completed
her Master of Education in 2017, studying issues relevant to vulnerable youth in second-chance
education, inspired by the YMCA youth she was honoured to know. In 2018 Mikaala joined the
YMCANZ-PTE Management Team as Quality Assurance Manager. Mikaala coordinates and
implements Organisational Self-assessment practices required by regulatory education
bodies, to achieve actual improvement. Her favourite part of the role is supporting
YMCA providers and educators to arrive at solutions together.

Mikaala is a proud Cantabrian. She worked as a secondary teacher, workplace trainer, assessor and tertiary educator for 17 years, before joining YMCA Christchurch from 2013-2017. She completed her Master of Education in 2017, studying issues relevant to vulnerable youth in second-chance education, inspired by the YMCA youth she was honoured to know. In 2018 Mikaala joined the YMCANZ-PTE Management Team as Quality Assurance Manager. Mikaala coordinates and implements Organisational Self-assessment practices required by regulatory education bodies, to achieve actual improvement. Her favourite part of the role is supporting YMCA providers and educators to arrive at solutions together.

Mikaala Allan

Quality Assurance Manager Education

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YMCA New Zealand YMCA New Zealand
Christine Fenton

Principal Advisor Academic and Policy

Christine Fenton has extensive experience in the education sector. Starting as a tutor and working up
to an Academic Director (senior leadership team), she then set out as an independent educational
consultant working with NZQA, ITPs, PTEs and ITOs. She studied as a Waikato University Doctoral
Scholar and was awarded a PhD through the Department of Engineering and Science, looking
at curriculum development for science subjects in New Zealand Nursing degrees. She
reviews regularly for academic journals, has multiple publications, has won awards
for research leadership, was a KiwiBank Local Hero in 2017 for services to youth
education opportunities, and was part of a team that was a finalist for Prime
Ministers' Award for leadership in Education. She lives in New Plymouth,
is married to Michael, and has three grown up daughters.

Christine Fenton has extensive experience in the education sector. Starting as a tutor and working up to an Academic Director (senior leadership team), she then set out as an independent educational consultant working with NZQA, ITPs, PTEs and ITOs. She studied as a Waikato University Doctoral Scholar and was awarded a PhD through the Department of Engineering and Science, looking at curriculum development for science subjects in New Zealand Nursing degrees. She reviews regularly for academic journals, has multiple publications, has won awards for research leadership, was a KiwiBank Local Hero in 2017 for services to youth education opportunities, and was part of a team that was a finalist for Prime Ministers' Award for leadership in Education. She lives in New Plymouth, is married to Michael, and has three grown up daughters.