Youth Guarantee Schemes

Youth Guarantee Scheme

What is the Youth Guarantee Scheme?

The Youth Guarantee Scheme (YGS) is for young school leavers aged 16-24 years who want to move into tertiary study to gain a Level 1-3 qualification. Students who meet the eligibility criteria may apply for a fees free place on selected programmes, with the aim of achieving a qualification. 

A student who meets the eligibility criteria may receive up to two years of YGS provision, subject to availability.

Who is eligible? 

You may apply for a YGS place if you:

  • are a Domestic Student
  • have left school, and do not hold a qualification level 3 or higher
  • are 16 to 24 years of age or; are 15 years of age at the time of commencing your study, and have an early leaving exemption from school
  • are enrolling in either a 120 credit programme, or two programmes of at least 40 credits each, or studying at least 50% of a full-time, full-year enrolment
  • have not already used 2 years of YGS funding.

YGS students under 18 years of age must agree not to apply for course related costs or the living cost component of a Student Loan.  Students of any age can apply for a Student Allowance if they meet the StudyLink eligibility criteria.

Travel Assistance

YGS students are eligible for assistance with transport to attend their programme.  At some campuses this may be through providing a transport service, while at others students may be able to claim the cost of their travel.  Each student seeking assistance must complete a Travel Assistance Application Form as part of the YGS application.

How do I apply for a YGS place?

Complete the Tai Poutini Polytechnic enrolment form and the Tai Poutini Polytechnic YGS application form. You can still apply for a YGS place if you have already been accepted onto a programme. Application forms and more information can be found here.


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Business Administration and Technology (Level 3)
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Automotive Engineering (Level 3)
Carpentry (Level 3)
Civil Plant Operation (Level 3)


Contact Details

If you have questions about any of the above fees free options, just get in touch with us at, or on our free phone number 0800 800 411.

Why wait? This is a great opportunity to apply to study with us.