NZ Certificate in Foundation Skills Level 1

A free and fun pathway to NCEA, designed to be inclusive and empowering.

Want an inclusive, free, and unique pathway to NCEA?

In 2024, the Y Southland is offering the New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills Level 1 – a free education opportunity for those seeking alternative learning paths.

The programme offers

  • free and inclusive learning
  • a base at the Y Southland (77 Tay St, Invercargill), including free Y gym membership while enrolled
  • it’s available to learners aged between 16 and 24 years (or with an exemption certificate)
  • rolling intakes throughout the year, enrol anytime

With education at the Y Southland, we provide individualised learning support in a group environment, where your learning needs are catered to and where you are supported to be your very best self.

We champion an environment where you’re not just accepted, but understood; where your unique way of thinking is not just supported, but empowered. Our learning programmes are far from traditional – they’re designed with your brilliance in mind. Working alongside YMCA New Zealand, the Y has received the Dyslexia-Friendly Quality Mark for 2023-2026, which recognises that our learning centres are safe places for neurodivergent learners and provide an inclusive environment.

So, if traditional classrooms have let you down, step into a space where you can soar. It’s education, but not as you know it – it’s where you can truly thrive! It’s an alternative education approach, with a qualification and pathway to NCEA.

Further benefits of education at the Y include the availability of pastoral support from our youth workers – if and when needed – and a free Y gym membership while you are enrolled.

Enrol now!

Please note, you can complete this form online, but it will need to be printed and signed before you get it back to us. Paper copies are available from the Y reception (77 Tay Street, Invercargill).

More information
If you have any questions, please get in touch.
Contact Y Southland Youth Services Manager Shelley Goodall
E: shelley.goodall@ymcasouth.org.nz
P: 022 101 2189