Youth Guarantee initiatives aim to better support learners to develop their own learning pathway towards future work and careers

  • They provide more choices of curriculum and ways to achieve at NCEA Levels 2 and 3 or equivalent industry qualifications
  • They highlight the learning and qualifications that support progress along a diversity of pathways
  • They provide a range of supports, resources and tools to enable engaging and relevant curriculum and coherent pathways for all learners.

Youth Guarantee initiatives support educators to address learner needs in the most appropriate ways

  • Vocational Pathways provide a framework for learner engagement and progression
  • Achievement Retention Transition (ART 2013-17) provides strategies that support learners to achieve at least NCEA Level 2 and transition successfully
  • Secondary-Tertiary Programmes (STPs) create new partnerships that deliver learning in ways that students can access a blend of learning from the school curriculum, industry training, and tertiary provision, which best supports their pathway.

Youth Guarantee, STAR and Gateway are funding streams that support learners and education organisations in different ways

  • The Youth Guarantee Fund is a tertiary funding stream that supports learners who have left school without NCEA Level 2 to access foundaton learning in a tertiary environment without paying course fees. A smaller percentage of provision is available in Fees-free to help young people access Level 3 learning.
  • STAR ('Secondary-Tertiary Alignment Resource') is a component of schools’ operational funding that enables schools to provide young people with access tertiary and industry-related learning beyond the standard school curriculum.
  • Gateway is a fund schools can access through the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) to provide young people with industry-based work experiences and placements.

Youth Guarantee partnerships across New Zealand are bringing together education providers, communities, iwi and employers to deliver vocational learning opportunities

  • These partnerships are developing new learning programmes to enable young people to gain the foundation learning skills valued by tertiary institutions and employers
  • They are enabling young people to have the opportunity to make successful transitions to further education, training and employment.
  • Over 100 partnerships are supporting the development and implementation of sustainable pathways from secondary to tertiary education and employment.

These partnerships involve working with regional economic development agencies to ensure education plays a central role in economic development, as well as working with education organisations to support young people to re-engage in education.

The Youth Guarantee team consists of a National team, based in Wellington and Principal Advisers Secondary Transitions located around the country.