Are you 16-19 years old?
Study for free* with Youth Guarantee

As part of the government's Youth Guarantee scheme, Manukau Institute of Technology has FREE spaces for young people to study and get a Level 3 certificate qualification. You can now get the skills and qualifications for great jobs, over a wide range of industries.

For 16–17 year olds
  • Apply for Youth Guarantee places in approved programmes at Manukau Institute of Technology.
  • Get funding for course fees
  • Apply to Study Link for a Student Allowance if eligible.
For 18–19 year olds
  • Apply for Youth Guarantee places in approved programmes at Manukau Institute of Technology.
  • Get funding for course fees
  • Apply for course-related costs and living costs only, as part of Study Link's Student Loan scheme
  • Apply for a Student Allowance from Study Link if eligible.

If this sounds like you or someone you know, get in touch with one of our experienced Ask Me! advisers who can assist you.

Eligible Programmes for 2019

What you need to know
Are you a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident?

Potential Youth Guarantee students must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.

What age do I have to be?

Potential Youth Guarantee students must be 16–19 years old at the start of their course/study.

Can I still be at school?

Youth Guarantee students must not be enrolled in school and an approved Youth Guarantee Level 1, 2, or 3 programme at the same time.

What if I've already achieved a Level 3 or higher National or New Zealand Certificate qualification?

If you have achieved a Level 3 National or Level 3 New Zealand Certificate qualification, or have already received two years of funding under Youth Guarantee, you will no longer be eligible for Youth Guarantee funding.

What programme/course can to enrol in?

Youth Guarantee students must enrol in an approved Youth Guarantee Level 1, 2, or 3 programme that has a minimum of 60 credits.

This programme could be full time one semester or part time over one year. Youth Guarantee students who enrol in an approved Youth Guarantee Level 1, 2, or 3 programme that has less than 60 credits must enrol in another approved Youth Guarantee Level 1, 2, or 3 programme of at least 40 credits in order to be eligible for Youth Guarantee funding.

How long will the Youth Guarantee programme/course be funded for?

If you're enrolled in a Youth Guarantee-approved programme, there is a two year limit on funding.

Do I need to sign anything?

Potential Youth Guarantee students will be required to sign a declaration form.

Where can I get more information?

Our experienced Ask Me! advisers are here to help you make the decisions that are right for you. So no matter what you're looking for, the team can guide you through the process.

* All Level 1 and 2 programmes excluding First Aid certificate courses will be free in 2019 for New Zealand citizens, residents entitled to reside in New Zealand indefinitely, and refugees and protected persons (under the Immigration Act 2009), of all ages, that are eligible for tertiary study. Free Study for Level 3 may be available for 16 to 19 year olds (Youth Guarantee). Free study for up to one year for Levels 3 and 4 may be available under Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT), a government-led training initiative to encourage young Māori and Pasifika people to gain trade qualifications.  [All free study is subject to funding confirmation]. Proof of residency status required. Entry criteria, and some costs, may also apply. Eligibility for student allowances or student loans may vary. Contact Studylink for more information.