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Youth Guarantee Programmes

Foundation Trades Training

If you’re between 16 and 19 years old you can train for free with one of our Youth Guarantee programmes. This is available on Level 2+3 programmes.

The Youth Guarantee Engineering and Welding programmes help young people gain the personal, educational and practical skills they need to kick start a career in the engineering and welding trades.

Available Courses

Foundation Trades (Level 2)  |   Engineering Trades (Level 3)  |   Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)

Course Overview

This 21 week course is designed to kick-start your Welding career, opening a world of career opportunities or further training. (L3)

What's in it for me

What you learn

  • Workshop knowledge including Health and safety
  • Workshop Materials and processes
  • Knowledge and use of workshop tools
  • Plan and produce a project relevant to the trades industry
  • Work effectively as a team member to achieve specified tasks and project
  • Cultural diversity within the workplace
  • Learning and career development for further education or employment

What you get

You will gain the Certificate in Foundation Trades Training (Level 2). This programme is delivered through Cornerstone Education Ltd PTE, within the Aspire2 Group and is an NZQA approved qualification.

Why should I study with you

  • We will assist you with work or apprenticeship placement
  • We will organise transport to and from course
  • You will complete a Site Safe Passport

Start dates

Entry requirements

  • NZ resident
  •  Be physically able to work within an industry simulated workshop/worksite
  • 16-19 years old
  • Has not accessed more than 150 credits or 1.5 years of YG funding

Course dates

Check the Programme Calendar for all dates.


Course fees


There are no course fees for our Youth Guarantee Programmes
You will receive one set of work gear which includes:

  • Steel cap boots
  • Overalls
  • Ear Plugs
  • Gloves
  • Welding Helmet
  • Welding Jacket
  • Safety Glasses
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Meet Siva

"NZ welding School fast-tracked me into my engineering apprenticeship!"

"Before I went to the NZ Welding school I was an Industrial Abseiler working in factories and on towers often helping welders get to where they needed to be. I decided to go to NZ welding school so I could go back to Abseiling with some new skills and get more job opportunities. 

I learned a lot a skills at NZ Welding School, almost all of which I use every day. My favourite thing about the NZWS was the diversity and sheer amount of skills they teach in such a short time. 

One thing that really helped me while I was at the NZ Welding school was the diversity of things to do. Every time I got frustrated or stumped I could always stop and work on a different exciting project. Two days after graduating from NZ Welding school I started my apprenticeship in General Engineering for Machine part Welding doing anything from fixing a broken Exercycle to doing extensive maintenance on large heavy machinery."


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