This new apprenticeship programme leads to the awarding of the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 4) (Social and Community Services) Disability Support strand qualification. It is well-supported and resourced with a team of Apprenticeship Advisors providing pastoral care and support.
The Disability Support apprenticeship programme aims to develop skills required to support autonomy, identify goals, and opportunities to overcome challenges, and enable good lives of disabled people, tangata whaikaha, family and whānau, and the wider community.
The underpinning philosophy of the programme is to build a person-centred workforce that supports disabled people to live a good life.
- Understanding the diverse cultures that a support worker encounters in their role.
- Engaging and communicating with disabled people, family and/or whānau who are accessing social and community services in a manner which respects their socio-cultural identity, experiences, and self-knowledge.
- Developing relationships and supporting the achievement of intended outcomes.
- Demonstrating knowledge of Te Tiriti o Waitangi when providing support in their role.
- Demonstrating a knowledge of kawa and tikanga and the ability to relate the unique place Māori have as tangata whenua of Aotearoa in their role.
- Understanding New Zealand’s health and wellbeing aims and purpose, and the impact on their role.
- Displaying self-awareness, reflective practice, self-care, and personal leadership in the workplace.
- Actively contributing to a culture of professionalism, safety, and quality in your workplace.
- Gaining in-depth knowledge of a condition, impairment, situation, or issue and applying the new knowledge to support disabled people and tangata whaikaha.
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.
You can view these options at careerforce.org.nz/fees-funding