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.

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.


Trades Level 2: Based in Whanganui

Graduates achieve a National Certificate in Educational Achievement Level 2 (P2T) with the opportunity to achieve NCEA Level 1 if required.

This is a hands on pre-apprenticeship programme to provide graduates with the skills required to move onto higher education, an apprenticeship or gain employment in the trades industries.

Hands on learning in our very own workshop with new equipment. You’ll learn how to work all the big machines and build everything from cabinets and tables, to your very own projects. Learn how to design and draw up basic plans. You will even have the opportunity to sell your creations throughout the course. This course counts as the first year of an apprenticeship.

Free for 16 – 19 year olds.
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    • Machinery
    • Health and Safety
    • Terminology
    • Skills for Furniture/Joinery and Construction Industry
    • Design Tools