Otago Polytechnic

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

  • Dunedin Campus or Mosgiel Community Learning Centre*
  • 17 weeks full-time; part-time options
  • Level 2
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply until start date

Get a taste of what tertiary learning is all about and gain essential skills for study and work! Whatever your background, you can start somewhere. This foundation level programme is a great option if you want to re-engage with study and gain confidence and ability in literacy, numeracy and digital competency. You can study in either a general study or work context. The work context includes practical workshops and community based experiences.

YGS - Certificate in Automotive and Mechanical Engineering (Level 2)

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 2
  • Starts February
  • Apply from May

Are you a 16-19 year old and feel that school wasn't right for you? Study this hands-on Youth Guarantee programme and you will gain crucial skills for your future and pay no fees (conditions apply)!

YGS - New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3)

  • Dunedin
  • 17 weeks full-time; part-time options
  • Level 3
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply until start date

This programme offers you the chance to improve your study skills and prepare for higher level learning or employment. It includes either a general study context or a work context. Along with improving your reading, writing, presenting and computer skills, you will also gain valuable employability skills such as CV and interview preparation, and how to write a cover letter. Depending on the course you choose, this programme offers practical workshops and community volunteering opportunities.

YGS - Bridging certificate to beauty therapy

  • Dunedin
  • One semester full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February and July 2019
  • Apply until start date

Gain foundation communication, career and study skills, as well as specific knowledge of human biological science and practical beauty skills. Successful completion of this programme will give you a New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) and ensure you meet the academic entry requirements for our New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4) which is subject to final approval.

YGS - New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) (Level 3)

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

This programme is equivalent to the first year of a hairdressing apprenticeship. Delivered in our hairdressing training salon, you will undertake activities that mimic working in a real salon. There are regular visits from industry professionals and our close ties with industry ensure that you are given the most up-to-date information about technologies and trends. Upon completion, continue your second year of training with the New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist) (Level 4).

YGS - New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Level 3)

  • Online with 40 hours of compulsory work placement (min.)
  • 6 months full-time; 1 year part-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts Feb (full-time, part-time, distance) or July (full-time, distance)
  • Apply now

Want to have an exciting career working with animals but not sure where to start? Start here! This programme is your first step if you want to enter an animal-related profession and you will learn about the health, welfare, anatomy and physiology of companion animals such as cats and dogs. Successful completion of this qualification will enable you to enter the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) (Veterinary Nursing Assistant).

YGS - New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

This hands-on qualification is designed for people already working in the mechanical engineering, construction, manufacturing and fabrication industries — or for people who would like to complete a pre-trade qualification before entering these industries.

YGS - New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3)

  • Dunedin and Central Otago (Cromwell)
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February
  • Apply by early December (late applications may be accepted dependent on places)

Learn how to service general automotive systems. This qualification is designed for people who are beginning a career in the industry.

YGS - New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Intermediate User) (Level 3)

  • Dunedin
  • 1 semester full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

Want to gain a firm grasp of IT foundation skills? Learn about a variety of topics within the computer field, develop your IT skills and gain knowledge of the industry. This programme is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to enter the New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4) or other equivalent qualification.

YGS - New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 3)

  • Dunedin
  • 1 semester full-time; part-time options
  • Level 3
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply until start date

This nationally-recognised programme is ideal if you are already in, or seeking to move into, a general administrative, data entry, receptionist or customer service role.

STAR - Espresso Coffee/Coffee Origin and Production

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days
  • Starts - please enquire
  • Apply anytime

Develop a knowledge of espresso coffee equipment and recipes, and learn about coffee origin and production.

STAR - Food Safety

  • Dunedin or Central Otago
  • 1 day per unit
  • Starts Thu 5 April and Thu 25 Oct 2018 (Dunedin); Thu 13 September 2018 (Central)
  • Apply anytime

Working with food? This unit standard is a legal requirement in some workplaces and is recommended for ALL people working, or preparing to work, in a food business. This course is also run as a STAR course for secondary school students.