Programme overview

Do you want to prepare yourself for employment? The Certificate in Employment and Community Skills is designed for adults and mature school leavers with learning difficulties or an intellectual disability who want to learn new skills and move into employment.

Learn about goal setting and develop employment skills, community skills, and recreation and leisure skills. Get the knowledge you need to travel independently and find community support agencies. Improve your literacy and numeracy abilities, and learn computer skills. You'll also find out more about New Zealand, as well as health and welfare issues.


  • A chance to develop an informed and realistic career plan to help you find employment.
  • One day a week in a work placement where you can practise what you've learnt.
  • Award-winning lecturers who are active in professional practice.
  • Supportive learning environment: Special Needs students may also bring a support person with them on certain courses, in order to maximise their learning experience.
  • Flexible study options: part-time study is also available.

Study for free with the Youth Guarantee scheme

The Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 2) is eligible for Youth Guarantee scheme funding for full-time students aged 16 or 17. See the Youth Guarantee scheme for more information.

Notes on courses

  • Students enrolled in this programme will receive a general timetable at the start of the semester, and an individual timetable in the second or third week of the semester after their personal strengths and needs have been analysed.
  • Students enrolled in this programme are generally expected to be on campus between 9am and 2.15pm, Monday to Friday during the semester. This will be discussed with applicants during the interview process.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must meet the general, or the discretionary, or the special admission requirements and they must also meet any programme-specific admission requirements. Applicants must also meet the English language requirements and may be interviewed.

Generic Admission Requirements

For Level 1 Certificate programmes there are no academic entry requirements.

Programme Specific Admission Requirements

To be admitted to this programme, applicants must also meet the requirements set out in this schedule.

  1. Be aged 18 years or over on the first day of the semester in which he or she commences study; AND
  2. Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.
  3. The English Language requirements in the Certificate Generic Regulations do not apply. Instead, all applicants are required to demonstrate a level of communication in English that allows them to participate in the programme.
  4. This programme has been designed to meet the needs of learners who have special needs, an intellectual or learning disability and who may have other disabilities, and who are motivated to move into paid employment.

Courses and timetables

Note: Most of the course timetables for 2017 are not ready yet.