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

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. Be at least 18 years old by the time the programme begins
2. Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
3. 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 a learning disability or difficulty, and who are motivated to move into paid employment

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

CoursesCreditsAim
Employment Skills and Goal Setting (Sem A) (FSTU1551-SA) 14.0 credits (0.117 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) 14.0 credits (0.117 EFTS)Develop an informed and realistic career plan, to assist in locating, securing and maintaining employment.
Community Skills for Work (Sem A) (FSTU1553-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS)Develop knowledge and skills required to travel independently and locate community support agencies.
Community Skills for Work (Sem B) (FSTU1553-SB) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS)Develop knowledge and skills required to travel independently and locate community support agencies.
Health and Welfare Issues (Sem A) (FSTU1554-SA) 4.0 credits (0.033 EFTS)Develop awareness and skills to function safely in employment and community contexts.
Health and Welfare Issues (Sem B) (FSTU1554-SB) 4.0 credits (0.033 EFTS)Develop awareness and skills to function safely in employment and community contexts.
Numeracy for Work (Sem A) (FSTU1555-SA) 7.0 credits (0.058 EFTS)Develop numeracy skills that can be used in employment, personal and community contexts.
Numeracy for Work (Sem B) (FSTU1555-SB) 7.0 credits (0.058 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 (0.038 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 (0.038 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 (0.038 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 (0.038 EFTS)To develop awareness and knowledge of Aotearoa/ New Zealand, it’s people and their heritage.
Recreation and Leisure Skills (Sem A) (FSTU1559-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 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) 5.0 credits (0.042 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) 4.0 credits (0.033 EFTS)To explore and reinforce programme learning outcomes through the medium of creative arts.
Personal Development through Creative Arts 2 (Sem B) (FSTU1560-SB) 4.0 credits (0.033 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.