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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 Peer Support is designed to provide specific skills, knowledge and attributes to support people, family and whānau with their aspirations as a peer support worker. The underpinning philosophy of the programme is to build a person-centred, critical thinking workforce.

The Peer Support programme includes developing the following core competencies: 

  • Understanding of the evolution of peer work and the peer work role, and peer work practices in Aotearoa.
  • 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.
  • Displaying self-awareness, reflective practice 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.

 

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.

 

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

 

Suitability criteria for programme entry

Please review the criteria for entry into this programme.

Download the suitability criteria

 

Do you need more information?

Download qualification brochure

Visit our Apprenticeship pages to learn more about health and wellbeing apprenticeships.

Learn more about Apprenticeships

 

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.

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’. Apprentices need to have lived experience and be working in a peer work or peer support role.  To be successful,  the person undertaking this programme will also need the support of their employer and have a robust Self Care/ Wellness Plan in place.

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 Peer Support Work apprenticeship is from 18 to 24 months.

Currently there are no enrolment fees for the Peer 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.

Contact

To enrol in the New Zealand Apprenticeship in Health and Wellbeing (Level 4) (Peer Support), please call 0800 277 486email: info@careerforce.org.nz or speak to your local Careerforce Workplace Advisor

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Level 4

Ideal for

People who have lived experience and working in a peer work or peer support role inclusive of all sectors such as:
• mental health and addiction
• disability
• family violence or sexual violence
• life-limiting or life-threatening conditions

Relevant for the following sectors

  • Disability Support
  • Healthcare Services
  • Mental Health & Addiction Support
  • Social Services
  • 120 Credits
  • 18 - 24 months
  • $2000 (inc GST) FREE ENROLMENT*