Central Otago Youth Employment Programme (COYEP)

COYEP is targeted at students who are starting to disengage or lose interest with school and would prefer to be at work. The programme is ideally suited to individuals who are looking to transition out of school into full time work or an apprenticeship, once they turn 16. The programme combines in school, Unit Standard assessments with a regular work placement in an industry of choice.

COYEP requires a student to be physically in school for at least one day a week, work placement days combine to provide a full time learning experience for the students.

Other option subjects can be combined with COYEP if there is enough in school time available.

Interviews for prospective COYEP students are held in Term 3 or 4 each year.

What will I learn?

  1. Numeracy and literacy skills to the standard required for NCEA Level 1

  2. Work ready skills and attitudes appropriate for gaining employment and/or apprenticeships

  3. Life and self management skills in preparation for finishing compulsory education

Theory work is delivered and assessed in school through learning packages.
Students develop work ready skills and attitudes by attending a work placement for up to four days per week.

What should I have done already?

    • Demonstrated excellent attendance and attitude to classes in Year 10

    • Experienced some sort to part time work

    • Attended an interview with COYEP teaching staff

Where does this programme lead?

The programme is an excellent preparation for employment, apprenticeships or tertiary vocational training.

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed through practical and theoretical learning packages. These packages contain Unit Standard assessments which provide credits at NCEA Level 1 to 3. All credits can be used to pass NCEA Level 1. More details of these packages can be seen in the table below.

Indicative cost

The programme is fully funded.