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Programme overview

This apprenticeship programme leads to the awarding of the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 4) Rehabilitation Support, Brain Injury strand qualification. It is well-supported and resourced with a team of Apprenticeship Advisors providing pastoral care and support.

The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Support apprenticeship programme gives your staff the training they need to work alongside people living with or rehabilitating from a brain injury.

Apprentices will learn the tools and strategies to help maximise the independence of the people they support, help achieve their rehabilitation goals, help them live the best life possible, and support their family and whānau.

Learning outcomes: 

  • Working collaboratively with health and wellbeing professionals and others to support a person to rehabilitate and/or live the best life possible.
  • Demonstrating a knowledge of kawa and tikanga and the ability to relate the unique place Māori have as tangata whenua in Aotearoa in their role.
  • Actively contributing to a culture of professionalism, safety, and quality in your workplace.
  • Providing leadership and/or education or training support in a health or wellbeing setting.
  • Working alongside people, and/or their natural supports, family and/or whānau in a supportive and/or rehabilitation setting to maximise their independence and achieve their rehabilitation goals.
  • Applying relevant skills and knowledge to support a person living with or undertaking rehabilitation from brain injury.

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Watch the short video to see why Mark loves his role and his apprenticeship learning journey.

Funding to support your business

Several grants and funding options are available to help meet the costs of attaining Careerforce qualifications. 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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The Careerforce apprenticeship programme is for experienced staff. It builds on the technical skills and knowledge that staff already have, to develop their critical thinking, reflective practice and expand their ‘toolkit’. This is ideal for Brain Injury Rehabilitation Assistants or Rehabilitation Support Staff employed in hospital, residential and community based settings.  Apprentices will need to have the support of their employer to be able to enrol.

Apprentices gain their skills and knowledge through on-job learning. The core value of vocational 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.

The expected duration for the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Support apprenticeship is 20 months.

The enrolment fee for this Level 4 apprenticeship is $2,000 (inc GST) NZD. 

The employer usually pays the fees for staff to enrol in these programmes. To enrol in a Careerforce programme, you must be currently employed, and have the support of your employer.

You may be eligible for Fees Free training. To find out more and to learn how to check your eligibility, see our Fees Free page.



To enrol in the Apprenticeship in Brain Injury Rehabilitation Support, please complete an expression of interest form or you can call 0800 277 486, email or speak to your local Careerforce Workplace Advisor

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Level 4

Ideal for

  • Brain Injury Rehabilitation Assistants.
  • Rehabilitation Support Staff employed in hospital, residential and community based settings.
Relevant for the following sectors
  • Disability Support
  • Healthcare Services
  • 124 Credits
  • 20 months
  • $2000 (inc GST)

We work with clients who have
complex needs, so we must
make sure that what we are
passing on to our support workers
the tools that are right for the
role they are completing.

Sally Brown | Brain Injury Rehabilitation Apprentice