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New Zealand Certificate in Skills for Living and Working

This two-year programme is for school leavers and adults with learning disabilities, who wish to extend their skills and move into paid supported work or further study.

Level
1
Credits
75 (0.625 EFTS)
Campus
Mt Albert
Start dates
February
Duration
Full-time for two years

Programme overview

Applications are open up to a year in advance, so if the intake you would like is not available, this means it is full.   

This is an entry-level qualification for people with learning disabilities (including those with intellectual disabilities) who need specialized learning support. It's designed to enable students to develop the knowledge and skills needed to prepare them for work or future study.

You’ll develop your communication and social 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 Aotearoa, its people, and their heritage, and improve your computer and goal-setting skills.

You’ll be able to apply your new learning at community events and in work-based and real-life learning experiences. There will be interactive group sessions, focusing on a range of learning activities such as problem-solving projects, lifestyle planning and goal setting, reflective logs, online learning, and presentations.

Highlights

Year 1 - Skills for Living

  • You’ll create an initial plan to ensure your studies focus specifically on your hopes, dreams, and aspirations
  • You’ll be able to self-manage day to day living (this includes using problem-solving techniques to achieve personal goals, applying numeracy and literacy skills, and being part of a digital world)
  • You’ll make friends, while becoming more independent, and able to maintain your health and wellness
  • We will support your transition from school to the next step in your life, which may be work or further study

Year 2 - Skills for Working

  • You’ll be able to use what you've learnt in a one-day-a-week work placement opportunity. Staff work with you and your whānau to find the right work setting for you
  • You’ll be able to reflect on your work placement to help develop the skills to find, secure and maintain employment. This also includes setting and achieving goals
  • You’ll understand the importance of having a good worth-ethic to help you get and keep a job. You’ll be supported to make a referral to a supported employment agency e.g. Poly Emp, who will help you with your career planning, job search, and support

We welcome applications at any time throughout the year. If the programme you are applying for has already started, or all of the available places have been taken, we will provide you with the details and opportunity to apply for the next scheduled programme.

Fees

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

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

Application Process

We encourage early application for this programme as places are limited.

1. Check whether you meet our programme admission requirements, click apply now and fill in the application form.
2. We'll be in touch within 48 hours to discuss your application. You’ll need to provide us with the following information via your application Dashboard:

  • Two forms of ID
  • Demonstrate appropriate work or other life experience by providing a CV
  • Demonstrate aptitude by providing two references from employers or professional colleagues
  • Consent to a police vet check for the purpose of work-based learning placements

We usually meet with you and your family before you start, so we may invite you to attend an interview. This is so we can ensure you have the abilities required to succeed in the programme including:

  • Demonstrating an appropriate level of English required to participate in the programme

What next?

Once you’ve successfully completed the programme, you’ll receive the qualification: New Zealand Certificate in Skills for Living for Supported Learners (Level 1) with an optional strand in Skills for Working. 

Graduates of this qualification, who successfully complete Year 2 (Skills for Working) will have the skills and knowledge to work in paid supported employment with supervision or potentially shift into further study. You may choose to be referred to Poly Emp who will help you with your career planning, job search, and support.

Admission requirements

For this programme you will need the following:

  • be 18 years of age on the first day of the semester in which you start your studies
  • be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • demonstrate a level of communication in English that allows you to participate in the programme

Selection criteria:

You'll need to provide us with the following information to demonstrate you have the abilities required to succeed in the programme:

  • A CV for appropriate work or other life experience
  • Provide two references from employers or professional colleagues for aptitude
  • Students may be required to attend an interview to demonstrate English skills
  • Consent to a police vet check for the purpose of work-based learning placements

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.

Courses Credits Aim
Developing Communication Kaupapa Korero Tahi (Sem A) (BPED1201-SA) 4.0 credits (0.033 EFTS) This course introduces students to effective basic communication skills for completing daily tasks and resolving everyday issues together with an acknowledgement and understanding of cultural diversity and Tikanga Maori .
Developing Communication Kaupapa Korero Tahi (Sem B) (BPED1201-SB) 4.0 credits (0.033 EFTS) This course introduces students to effective basic communication skills for completing daily tasks and resolving everyday issues together with an acknowledgement and understanding of cultural diversity and Tikanga Maori.
Managing Everyday Living Kaupapa Kaiao Tahi (Sem A) (BPED1202-SA) 4.0 credits (0.033 EFTS) This course introduces students to effective skills managing everyday situations, including the establishment of good routines and time management for achieving goals using aids such as digital devices.
Managing Everyday Living Kaupapa Kaiao Tahi (Sem B) (BPED1202-SB) 4.0 credits (0.033 EFTS) This course introduces students to effective skills managing everyday situations, including the establishment of good routines and time management for achieving goals using aids such as digital devices.
Health and Wellbeing Kaupapa Hauora Tahi (Sem A) (BPED1203-SA) 4.0 credits (0.033 EFTS) This course introduces students to the concept of Hauora: achieving good social, physical, spiritual mental and emotional health.
Health and Wellbeing Kaupapa Hauora Tahi (Sem B) (BPED1203-SB) 4.0 credits (0.033 EFTS) This course introduces students to the concept of Hauora: achieving good social, physical, spiritual mental and emotional health.
Planning for Work Kaupapa Whaimahi Tahi (Sem A) (BPED1204-SA) 3.0 credits (0.025 EFTS) This course introduces students to a range of work-related skills and strategies used to plan and find work; and create an awareness of the rules, rights and responsibilities of employers and employees.
Planning for Work Kaupapa Whaimahi Tahi (Sem B) (BPED1204-SB) 3.0 credits (0.025 EFTS) This course introduces students to a range of work-related skills and strategies used to plan and find work; and create an awareness of the rules, rights and responsibilities of employers and employees.
Responsible Citizenship Kaupapa Raraunga (Sem A) (BPED1205-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) This course introduces students to the concepts of being a responsible citizen through one’s own actions through the interaction with groups and communities including respecting and understanding cultural diversity as well as having an awareness of the importance of Te Tiriti O Waitangi in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Responsible Citizenship Kaupapa Raraunga (Sem B) (BPED1205-SB) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) This course introduces students to the concepts of being a responsible citizen through one’s own actions through the interaction with groups and communities including respecting and understanding cultural diversity as well as having an awareness of the importance of Te Tiriti O Waitangi in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Communication for Work Kaupapa Korero Rua (Sem A) (BPED1206-SA) 3.0 credits (0.025 EFTS) This course introduces students to basic communication skills for the workplace including respect and understanding of cultural diversity in working with others.
Communication for Work Kaupapa Korero Rua (Sem B) (BPED1206-SB) 3.0 credits (0.025 EFTS) This course introduces students to basic communication skills for the workplace including respect and understanding of cultural diversity in working with others.
Health and Wellbeing for Work Kaupapa Hauora Rua (Sem A) (BPED1207-SA) 3.0 credits (0.025 EFTS) This course builds on student knowledge of concepts of Hauora; relating to maintaining good social, physical, mental and emotional health in the workplace including the impact of digital devices on health in the workplace.
Health and Wellbeing for Work Kaupapa Hauora Rua (Sem B) (BPED1207-SB) 3.0 credits (0.025 EFTS) This course builds on student knowledge of concepts of Hauora; relating to maintaining good social, physical, mental and emotional health in the workplace including the impact of digital devices on health in the workplace.
Managing Everyday Living for Work Kaupapa Kaiao Rua (Sem A) (BPED1208-SA) 3.0 credits (0.025 EFTS) This course builds on student knowledge and skills of maintaining good routines to meet work and safety commitments
Managing Everyday Living for Work Kaupapa Kaiao Rua (Sem B) (BPED1208-SB) 3.0 credits (0.025 EFTS) This course builds on student knowledge and skills of maintaining good routines to meet work and safety commitments
Preparing for Work Kaupapa Whaimahi Rua (Sem A) (BPED1209-SA) 2.5 credits (0.021 EFTS) This course prepares students for work placements, building on the development of a range of work-related skills and strategies for securing appropriate workplace opportunities and reinforces the rules, the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees in the workplace.
Preparing for Work Kaupapa Whaimahi Rua (Sem B) (BPED1209-SB) 2.5 credits (0.021 EFTS) This course prepares students for work placements, building on the development of a range of work-related skills and strategies for securing appropriate workplace opportunities and reinforces the rules, the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees in the workplace.
Work-Based Learning Tumahi (Sem A) (BPED1210-SA) 6.0 credits (0.05 EFTS) This course supports students in work-based learning experiences to apply appropriate attitudes and behaviours needed to be productive in the workplace and explores strategies needed to resolve issues within the rules of the work placement.
Work-Based Learning Tumahi (Sem B) (BPED1210-SB) 6.0 credits (0.05 EFTS) This course supports students in work-based learning experiences to apply appropriate attitudes and behaviours needed to be productive in the workplace and explores strategies needed to resolve issues within the rules of the work placement.