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17 Years & Under - Free Training & Mentoring

There are opportunities at ComCol for young people to develop the skills to move smoothly into higher education or the workforce.  
The best things about the opportunities below is that they are fully funded and therefore free of charge to most 16 & 17 year olds and some 15 year olds. Most programmes have multiple start dates so you can usually start a programme very soon after you contact us.

Youth Guarantee Programmes
We  offer FREE Youth Guarantee Programmes to 16 & 17 year olds (and 18-19 year olds) under the Youth Guarantee Initiative which will give students a qualification at Level 1-3 of the National Qualifications Framework in a vocational field.  These programmes are 44 weeks in length and are offered in a range of fields such as barista training, agriculture, cookery, retail, outdoors and salon support. 

Mentoring & Youth Service

We offer a free Youth Service in the Otago, Southland, South Canterbury, North Canterbury & Marlborough regions.  The aim of the service is to get young people into education, training or work-based learning. If you are 16 or 17 and not in education, training or work, our Youth Service can probably help you.  We may also be able to help you if you are 15 years old and no longer attending school.  One of our Youth Coaches would work closely with you to assess your needs, and to develop an individualised training/career plan.  Find out more.  

STAR Programmes
In some instances we can offer STAR programmes for year 11-13 students who are still at school but who want to learn vocational skills not taught at their highschool. In this case, the student still attends high school, but studies at our college in a chosen subject to gain credits towards industry or tertiary qualifications.  Please contact your local College for more details.