Otago Polytechnic

Are you 16 to 19 years old?


 

If you're still at secondary school or you're under 20 and want to learn some practical, hands-on skills that will help you get a job, you should start here!

We have a range of study options for you to gain skills, earn credits towards a qualification, get practical, job-ready training and get a head start on your tertiary education – and they're all funded.

 

IF YOU'RE STILL AT SCHOOL

Otago Secondary-Tertiary College (Trades Academy)

Otago Secondary-Tertiary College (OSTC) gives secondary school students a head start to achieving career-based qualifications while still at school. 

If you’re a Year 11-13 secondary school student in Dunedin, Central Otago or Queenstown Lakes District, you can combine study at Otago Polytechnic with your school NCEA studies.

OSTC is a partnership between Otago Polytechnic and secondary schools in the Otago region. 

Find out what you can learn through Otago Secondary-Tertiary College > 

 

Gateway

If you want to get experience in a workplace, talk to your career advisor about Gateway - a structured work experience that your school organises for you. This is another great way for you to gain credits and practical skills, while you get real-world experience. 

Read more about Gateway >

 

IF YOU'VE LEFT SCHOOL OR ARE THINKING OF LEAVING (AND YOU'RE UNDER 20) 

Youth Guarantee Fees Scheme 

Youth Guarantee is a funding scheme for people 16–19 years old (or 15 if you've got an early leaving exemption letter). It means you can enrol in eligible Level 2 or Level 3 programmes and, if you meet the criteria, you won't have to pay fees.

Find out more about Youth Guarantee >

 


 

Contact us - Dunedin
New Zealand 0800 762 786 
info@op.ac.nz 

Contact us - Central Otago
New Zealand 0800 765 9276
centralotago@op.ac.nz