Programme overview

The Certificate in Employment and Community Skills is designed for adults and mature school leavers with a learning disability or difficulty who wish to extend their skills to move into paid supported employment or further education.

You’ll develop your community skills, your personal and social skills including recreation and leisure skills, as well as improve your numeracy and literacy skills. You’ll build up your confidence, self-awareness and self-esteem, increase your knowledge and appreciation of New Zealand, its people and their heritage, and improve your computer and goal-setting skills.

This programme is fees free to all New Zealand citizens and permanent residents under the age of 25.

If you're over the ago of 25 and are on the Supported Living Allowance, you may be eligible for the Training Incentive Allowance (TIA) through WINZ.

Highlights

  • One day a week work placement opportunity: staff work with you and your family to find the right work environment for you
  • Opportunity to reflect on your work placement to help develop the skills to find, secure and maintain employment. This also includes setting and achieving goals
  • Award-winning lecturers who are active in professional practice
  • Part-time study options are available however limited

Notes

  • Students enrolled in this programme will receive a general timetable at the start of the semester
  • Students enrolled in this programme are generally expected to be on campus between 9am to 2:15pm, Monday to Friday, during the semester

What next?

Students will be referred to PolyEmp after successful completion of this programme. PolyEmp will help you with your career planning, job search and job support. Students may also be eligible to apply for another Unitec programme.

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

Please check back in December for timetable information for 2017.

Courses Credits Aim
Employment Skills and Goal Setting (Sem A) (FSTU1551-SA) 14 credits (0.1165 EFTS) Develop an informed and realistic career plan, to assist in locating, securing and maintaining employment.
Employment Skills and Goal Setting (Sem B) (FSTU1551-SB) 14 credits (0.1165 EFTS) Develop an informed and realistic career plan, to assist in locating, securing and maintaining employment.
Community Skills for Work (Sem A) (FSTU1553-SA) 5 credits (0.0415 EFTS) Develop knowledge and skills required to travel independently and locate community support agencies.
Community Skills for Work (Sem B) (FSTU1553-SB) 5 credits (0.0415 EFTS) Develop knowledge and skills required to travel independently and locate community support agencies.
Health and Welfare Issues (Sem A) (FSTU1554-SA) 4 credits (0.0335 EFTS) Develop awareness and skills to function safely in employment and community contexts.
Health and Welfare Issues (Sem B) (FSTU1554-SB) 4 credits (0.0335 EFTS) Develop awareness and skills to function safely in employment and community contexts.
Numeracy for Work (Sem A) (FSTU1555-SA) 7 credits (0.0585 EFTS) Develop numeracy skills that can be used in employment, personal and community contexts.
Numeracy for Work (Sem B) (FSTU1555-SB) 7 credits (0.0585 EFTS) Develop numeracy skills that can be used in employment, personal and community contexts.
Literacy for Work (Sem A) (FSTU1556-SA) 5.5 credits (0.046 EFTS) Develop literacy skills that can be used in personal, employment and community contexts.
Literacy for Work (Sem B) (FSTU1556-SB) 5.5 credits (0.046 EFTS) Develop literacy skills that can be used in personal, employment and community contexts.
Computer Skills for Work (Sem A) (FSTU1557-SA) 4.5 credits (0.0375 EFTS) Develop the basic skills to create, save, manage and print word processing and chart files.
Computer Skills for Work (Sem B) (FSTU1557-SB) 4.5 credits (0.0375 EFTS) Develop the basic skills to create, save, manage and print word processing and chart files.
Aotearoa/New Zealand Studies (Sem A) (FSTU1558-SA) 4.5 credits (0.0375 EFTS) To develop awareness and knowledge of Aotearoa/ New Zealand, it’s people and their heritage.
Aotearoa/New Zealand Studies (Sem B) (FSTU1558-SB) 4.5 credits (0.0375 EFTS) To develop awareness and knowledge of Aotearoa/ New Zealand, it’s people and their heritage.
Recreation and Leisure Skills (Sem A) (FSTU1559-SA) 5 credits (0.0415 EFTS) To expand the learner’s knowledge and experience of a balanced lifestyle by being involved in recreational and leisure activities.
Recreation and Leisure Skills (Sem B) (FSTU1559-SB) 5 credits (0.0415 EFTS) To expand the learner’s knowledge and experience of a balanced lifestyle by being involved in recreational and leisure activities.
Personal Development through Creative Arts 2 (Sem A) (FSTU1560-SA) 4 credits (0.0335 EFTS) To explore and reinforce programme learning outcomes through the medium of creative arts.
Personal Development through Creative Arts 2 (Sem B) (FSTU1560-SB) 4 credits (0.0335 EFTS) To explore and reinforce programme learning outcomes through the medium of creative arts.
Personal and Social Skills for Work (Sem A) (FSTU1562-SA) 6.5 credits (0.054 EFTS) This course is designed to enable students to study and relate to others successfully in a tertiary environment, the work place and in social situations. It includes increasing self confidence, discussing and practicing good personal presentation, conversation skills, personal responsibility and behaviour appropriate for different social settings.
Personal and Social Skills for Work (Sem B) (FSTU1562-SB) 6.5 credits (0.054 EFTS) This course is designed to enable students to study and relate to others successfully in a tertiary environment, the work place and in social situations. It includes increasing self confidence, discussing and practicing good personal presentation, conversation skills, personal responsibility and behaviour appropriate for different social settings.