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 (previously 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.
STAR stands for Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource – a fancy name for funded short courses for secondary school students.
If you're in year 11, 12 or 13, you could enrol in our STAR courses, learn new skills and gain credits towards a qualification.
Talk to your school's career advisor about the range of STAR courses we offer, and whether they're right for you.
IF YOU'VE LEFT SCHOOL OR 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.
Contact us - Dunedin
New Zealand 0800 762 786
Contact us - Central Otago
New Zealand 0800 765 9276