Youth Guarantee Eligibility and How to Apply

Who's Eligible for Youth Guarantee?

To qualify to study under the Youth Guarantee scheme, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • Be 16 to 19 years old before the start of the course. 15-year-olds who hold Ministry approved early exemption from their school may also be eligible. This exemption must be in place before the course starts.
  • Priority places will be given to students who have not yet achieved NCEA Level 1 or NCEA Level 2

How to Apply for Youth Guarantee

There are two steps in the process and they must be completed in the correct order.

  1. Apply online for a Youth Guarantee-funded course (note that the list shown on that page will change as courses are added and removed, or reach capacity).
  2. Submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) by emailing Please use 'Expression of interest’ in the subject field. You'll be contacted by our Youth Guarantee Coordinator within 7 working days.

Please note: As there are no guarantees you'll be entitled or eligible for Youth Guarantee, we encourage you to explore other funding options as well e.g. scholarships.