Youth Guarantee

Secondary-tertiary partnerships pilot programme

Up to 1.5% of total Youth Guarantee funding is available to support the Ministry of Education’s secondary-tertiary partnership pilot programmes. Selected tertiary education organisations (TEOs) will be able to offer part-time Youth Guarantee places to students enrolled in secondary school, as part of a programme agreed between the TEO and the school. 

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TEO eligibility

To be eligible to deliver Youth Guarantee programmes as a part of the Secondary-Tertiary partnerships pilot programme, a TEO must be:

  • an institute of technology and polytechnic (ITP)
  • a wānanga, or
  • a private training establishment (PTE).

See Condition YG003.  

Programme eligibility

If the TEO is participating in the Ministry of Education's secondary-tertiary partnerships pilot programme, the programme is eligible for funding if it:

  • delivers no more than 10.4 hours of Youth Guarantee provision per week
  • has a maximum of 0.35 EFTS
  • leads to the award of a National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level 2 qualification
  • aligns with the Youth Guarantee Vocational Pathways, and  
  • includes literacy and numeracy provision.

See Condition YG008

Student eligibility

To be eligible to enrol in the secondary-tertiary partnerships pilot programme, being led by Ministry of Education, a student must be:

  • a domestic student
  • 16 to 19 years of age in the time he or she commenced the programme
  • currently enrolled in school, and
  • enrolled in no more than 10.4 hours of Youth Guarantee provision per week.

An eligible student:

  • can access up to 2 years’ worth of pilot funding.

See Condition SDR001.  


For TEOs funded to deliver the YG pilot programme, there is a manual reporting requirement which is in addition to the SDR. The reporting template is accompanied by a guidance document that outlines the frequency of these reports and what is required for each one. These documents will be made available on this page soon.



A TEO participating in the Ministry of Education's Secondary-Tertiary Partnerships Pilot programme must comply with the Youth Guarantee funding conditions and legislative requirements. TEOs funded for the pilot programme are still subject to the same performance and reporting expectations as standard Youth Guarantee fund and any recovery will occur as part of wider Youth Guarantee funding recoveries.  


  • Last changed: 7 March 2016
  • Last verified: 7 March 2016