This apprenticeship programme leads to the awarding of the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Peer Support) (Level 4) qualification. It is well-supported and resourced with a team of Apprenticeship Advisors providing pastoral care and support.
The Peer Support apprenticeship programme provides specific skills and knowledge for the peer support workforce. The underpinning philosophy of this programme is to build a person-centred, critical thinking workforce.
This programme is aimed at the broader peer support workforce inclusive of all sectors such as mental health, addiction, disability, or significant health conditions where peer roles may be identified. Apprentices who have gained lived experiences will be able to work alongside a person with similar significant health concerns to facilitate learning and support those experiencing challenges and disempowerment to increase their autonomy, wellbeing, change and self-determination.
- Supporting people, family and whānau with their goals.
- Understanding of the evolution of peer work and the peer work role, and peer work practices in Aotearoa.
- 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.
- Displaying self-awareness, reflective practice, self-care, and personal leadership in the workplace.
- Actively contributing to a culture of professionalism, safety, and quality in the workplace.
- Establishing a purposeful relationship with a person accessing support from a peer worker.
Suitability criteria for programme entry
Please review the criteria for entry into this programme.
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