New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2) - Trades

East Auckland - 29 July 2024


NZQA Level: 2
NZQA Credits: 60
Learning Style: In-Person Learning
16 weeks
Start Date:
End Date:
22 November 2024

This qualification is designed for 16-19 year old learners who want to explore different study options at NZMA, and provides foundational knowledge across one or more of the most popular disciplines on offer at NZMA - hospitality, cookery, health and sport. This 16 week programme allows learners a taste of different paths ahead of making a decision about future study at NZMA.

If you are 16 – 19 years old and want to be part of the building boom, this FREE course is the perfect starting point.

You won’t be stuck in a classroom all day – over 16 weeks you’ll be busy working with your hands, doing projects, going on field trips and you’ll get an introduction to the construction industry.

Whether you want to become a builder, plumber or sparky, you’ll build your confidence and sense of self by working on a community project, you’ll also meet others like you, learn about different cultures, and get to visit some industry workplaces.

807 Great South Road, Mount Wellington, Auckland 1060

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New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2)
  • Free for 16 - 19 year olds as part of the Government-led Youth Guarantee programme.

  • Not be enrolled in a secondary school, and either:

  • 16 to 19 years of age at the time he or she commences the programme, or 15 years of age at the time he or she commenced the programme and have an early leaving exemption from his or her school

  • Applicants without formal qualifications must meet the minimum requirements of the NZMA Entry Assessment

  • Enrolment is subject to an interview process

You can attend this course for free if you are aged 16-19 and meet the course entry requirements. This course is part of the government led Youth Guarantee Programme

You can also get help with paying for travel to and from your course. This can all be sorted through Student Support.

If you meet certain conditions you can get a student loan and allowances. Find out if you meet the conditions by calling StudyLink on Freephone 0800 88 99 00 or visit

The cost can be different depending on the subject and duration of the course. View the course cost for New Zealand students here.


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