Christchurch YWCA Education Programmes

Education Programmes

No Course Fee! (conditions apply)

Y's Choice

Young women supported with foundation skills into further education and employment

About the Programme

Our programme is for young women who have an interest in learning and achieving qualifications which prepare them to obtain and retain employment.

Our students work on essential foundation skills including literacy, numeracy, information technology, problem solving, self management, competitive, co-operative and social skills as well as work, study and physical wellness skills which allow for the development of vocational skills and work readiness. Students can also work towards gaining their learner licence.

YWCA Training and Education Gets Excellent Results See NZQA evaluation review 2010

Qualifications Offered

Fashion Apparel & Related Industry Skills

Free entitlement for training for jobs in the clothing industry (conditions apply)

Many job opportunities available now

Gain the Following Apparel & Textile Industry Training Organisation Inc. Certificates

Each of which contribute 20 credits towards:

Train on the following Machines:

  • Lockstitch
  • Overlock
  • Cover stitch
  • Walking Foot
  • Blind hemmer
  • Safety stitch
  • Binder
  • Twin Needle
  • Button hole
  • Zig Zag
  • Darning


Complimentary Unit Standards:

  • Personal Presentation
  • Care and Timeliness as an Employee
  • Health & Safety in the Workplace


The additional units offered give credits towards “National Certificate in Employment Skills” and the Apparel Industry Certificates:


  • Communication Skills
  • Listening skills
  • Interview skills
  • Work skills
  • Study skills
  • Self Defence