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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 Social and Community Services gives your staff the skills they need to work alongside people, family and whānau and apply a person-centred approach to their
support.

The Mental Health and Addiction Support strand enables apprentices to develop and demonstrate the skills they need to work alongside people, family and whānau to support
autonomy by using tools and strategies to foster hope, support recovery and build resilience.

The programme includes developing and/or recognising the following competencies in your staff:

  • Engaging and communicating with people, family and whānau who are accessing mental health and addiction services in a manner which respects their socio-cultural identity,
    experiences and self-knowledge.
  • Developing relationships and supporting a goal of improving outcomes for people with mental health and addiction issues.
  • 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.
  • Understanding New Zealand’s health and wellbeing challenges and the impact on 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.
  • Gaining an in-depth knowledge of a condition or impairment and situation or issue and applying the new knowledge to the people they support.

 

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 Tracy loves her role and her apprenticeship learning journey

 

How much is this programme?

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

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 be employed in a mental health and addiction support service and 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 Mental Health and Addiction Support Work 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.

Contact

To enrol in the New Zealand Apprenticeship in Health and Wellbeing (Level 4) (Social and Community Services) Mental Health and Addiction Support strand, please call 0800 277 486 or email: info@careerforce.org.nz.

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Level 4

Ideal for

  • Mental Health Support Workers.
  • Peer Support Workers.
  • Addiction Support Workers.
  • Psychiatric Assistants and Drug Treatment Support Workers.

Relevant for the following sectors

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

It’s the most amazing feeling
when you make a positive
difference in someone’s life.
I am forever humbled by my work.

Tracie Currie - Mental Health and Addiction Support Worker