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Qualification and programme overview

This qualification is delivered as an apprenticeship that is well-supported and resourced with a team of Apprenticeship Advisors providing pastoral care and support.

The Apprenticeship in Brain Injury Rehabilitation Support gives your staff the training they need to support the rehabilitation of a person after a brain injury.

Employees will learn the tools and strategies to help the people they support, their family and whānau to maximise independence and participate in life roles.

The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Support apprenticeship programme includes developing the following core competencies: 

  • Developing relationships and supporting the achievement of intended outcomes.
  • Working collaboratively with health professionals to support the health and wellbeing of a person living with a brain injury.
  • Actively contributing to a culture of professionalism, safety and quality in your workplace.
  • Providing personal and/or peer leadership in a health or wellbeing setting.
  • Working alongside people, family and/or whānau in a rehabilitation setting to maximise their independence and achieve their rehabilitation goals.


How is this programme delivered?

This Careerforce apprenticeship is a well supported, workplace training programme.  Whilst the learning at this level is self directed, a team of dedicated Apprenticeship Advisors provide pastoral care and support.


How long is the programme?

The programme should take between 18 and 24 months.


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


What does this programme cost?

Enrolment is this programme is FREE.
* This programme presently has free enrolment via the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF)


Funding to support your business

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


Do you need more information?

Download qualification brochure

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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 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.

The expected duration for the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Support apprenticeship is from 18 to 24 months.

Currently there are no enrolment fees for the Mental Health and Addiction Support Apprenticeship (valued at $2,000 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.

As part of Budget 2020, the New Zealand Government, announced its Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF). This fund is designed to encourage and support New Zealanders to undertake vocational education and training in targeted areas. The fund removes costs for a wide range of level 4 programmes including apprenticeships through to December 2022.


To enrol in the New Zealand Apprenticeship in Health and Wellbeing (Level 4) (Rehabilitation Assistance) Brain Injury Rehabilitation Support Strand please 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
  • 120 Credits
  • 18 - 24 months
  • $2000 (inc GST) FREE ENROLMENT*

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