Education and Training

At the YMCA Palmerston North, Whanganui and surrounding areas, our students come to us from all different areas, walks of life, schooling and cultural backgrounds. We work with you individually to create a lesson plan that will get you the qualification and the outcome that you are striving to achieve. And if you are a hands-on learner, the YMCA is a great place for you to achieve.

As well as doing classroom-based work, we have opportunities for you to take part in sport, art, culture and even cooking!

We have small classroom sizes so you get a lot more individual attention, and we have a hugely talented and supportive group of tutors who are keen to help you achieve.

Students over 18 can receive a student allowance whilst studying with us. Travel allowances are available for all students not already receiving transport.

Skills for life

This 10 week course is designed to give you real skills for real life! Throughout it we will also help you with reading, writing and maths – to give you the best start out there. Modules include: basic gardening, cooking, personal health and fitness, working with computers, going flatting, getting ready for a job. Free for all ages. Programmes available in Whanganui and Palmerston North.

We also have an option for this course to be run in High Schools. We are section 71 approved for high schools and can offer more flexible course times that work with schools. See the brochures below for more information or contact us for more details.