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Programme Overview

The Apprenticeship in Healthcare Assistance for Aged Care with a context in Complex Conditions gives staff foundational and specialist skills to provide person-centred care to a person living with complex conditions such as diabetes, deaf or hearing impairment, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Employers have flexibility to customise parts of the apprenticeship programme to meet their own unique workplace needs.

This level 4 programme leads to the awarding of the following qualifications:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 3) with a strand in Health Assistance and a context in Complex Conditions [Ref:2470-1].
  • New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support) (Level 4) with a context in Complex Conditions [Ref:2779-1].

The programme includes developing the following core competencies:

  • recognising and responding to signs of vulnerability and abuse.
  • demonstrating ethical and professional behaviour.
  • providing person-centred care under the direction and delegation of a health professional.
  • recognising and responding to change.
  • working collaboratively to support a person with complex conditions.
  • implementing person-centred approaches to support a person living with complex conditions.
  • taking a leadership role in a health or wellbeing setting.
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Enrolment in this programme is FREE

* This programme presently has free enrolment via the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF)

Apprenticeship Boost

Employers may also qualify for the Apprenticeship Boost which provides a wage subsidy for new and existing apprentices in their first two years of training, encouraging employers to retain their current apprentices, and to take on new apprentices. Find out more

Enrolment Criteria

This programme is ideal for those new and experienced healthcare assistants or caregivers who wish to gain foundational and specialist skills to provide a person-centred care to a person living with complex conditions.

Apprentices need to be employed in roles such as:

  • Healthcare Assistants
  • Senior Healthcare Assistants
  • Caregivers
  • Senior Caregivers

They must be working in the following environments:

  • aged residential care
  • community
  • hospital or hospice

Other considerations for enrolment:

  • desirable to have achieved Health & Wellbeing Level 2
  • must be supporting clients living with complex conditions
  • have leadership potential or wanting to progress into team leadership

**Enrolments will open from mid-April. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Click on the questions below to reveal the answers.  Please contact us via info@careerforce.org.nz if you have a question not covered below.

To become an apprentice enrolled in this programme, you need to be working within the aged care sector, meet the criteria set out above and have the support of your employer.

Apprentices gain their skills and knowledge through on-job learning. The core value of industry-based training is that it sets people up with the right experiences, skills and knowledge. Apprentices can earn while they learn, gain nationally-recognised qualifications, support more complex health conditions and handle challenging social issues, resulting in better health outcomes for the New Zealand community.

The learning at this level is self-directed and the apprentice will be developing new ideas and new ways of approaching their work. They will be stretched and allowed to explore special interest areas in greater depth, becoming more proactive rather than reactive.

The on-job learning is supported by Careerforce’s Aka Toi online learning platform.

Careerforce Apprenticeships are well-supported and resourced. The Careerforce Apprenticeship Advisor acts as “coach” providing one-on-one support appropriate to the individual apprentice and their needs. The apprentice’s advisor will engage with the employer and others as needed to provide additional learning support and appropriate pastoral care based on the apprentice’s needs. The Advisor could also be the assessor.

Your employer should also be supporting you every step of the way.

If the work visa covers the duration of the programme and the employer supports the enrolment, then yes they can enroll.

While each apprentice will be different, on average an apprentice should dedicate between 10-14 hours to study each week to be able to meet the deadlines of this apprenticeship programme.

Contact

To enrol in the Apprenticeship in Healthcare Assistance for Aged Care (Level 4) with a context in Complex Conditions please call 0800 277 486, email: info@careerforce.org.nz or speak to your local Careerforce Workplace Advisor

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Level 4

Ideal for

  • Healthcare Assistants
  • Senior Healthcare Assistants
  • Caregivers
  • Senior Caregivers

Work environments

  • aged residential care
  • community
  • hospital or hospice

Relevant for the following sectors

  • Aged Care
  • 140 Credits
  • 18 - 24 months
  • $2800 (inc GST) FREE ENROLMENT*