This apprenticeship programme leads to the awarding of the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 4) (Social and Community Services) Mental Health and Addiction Support strand qualification. It is well-supported and resourced with a team of Apprenticeship Advisors providing pastoral care and support.
The Mental Health and Addiction Support apprenticeship programme enables apprentices to develop and demonstrate the skills they need to work alongside people, and their family and whānau who are accessing social and community services, to support autonomy, foster hope and develop resilience. The underpinning philosophy of this programme is to build a person-centred, critical thinking workforce.
- 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 knowledge of Te Tiriti o Waitangi when providing support in their role.
- Understanding New Zealand’s health and wellbeing aims and purpose and the impact on 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.
- Applying physical first aid while supporting people 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.
- Gaining in-depth knowledge of mental health, addiction and co-existing conditions, their impacts, and applying the new knowledge to the people they support.
- Applying advocacy plans for the people they support.
Watch the short video to see why Tracy loves her role and her apprenticeship learning journey.
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