This course is approved by the Tertiary Education Commission and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989 and Nelson Technical Institute is accredited to teach it.

Programme start date

Due to flexible programme design, trainees may enrol at any stage throughout the year. 

Programme Length

This is a full time programme which can be completed on average in 46 weeks

Programme hours

8:30 am to 3:00 pm Monday to Thursday

Programme cost

This programme is free. Training and travel allowances may be available, please enquire with the tutor.

Programme structure

The programme is made up of self paced learning packages including a combination of classroom theory, simulated practical, on site practical and actual work experience.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this programme are inline with the Tertiary Educations Commissions Youth Guarantee eligibility criteria. This can be discussed during the applicant interview stage. 

If you do not meet these requirements, please ask about out other programmes. 


How are the applicants selected?

All applicants are interviewed, selection is made on the basis of suitability for the course and motivation.


What will the programme provide you with?

The credits gained on this programme will enable trainees to complete NCFS & NCEA Level 1 and NCEA Level 2 with Vocational Pathway in Social and Community Services. The programme structure will enable trainees to follow their chosen career path, gain employment skills and also move into further training. 

This course is a must for anyone with no qualifications seeking employment. the programme content is registered on the National Qualifications Framework.

On successful completion of this programme you will receive:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills
  • NCEA Level 1
  • NCEA Level 2 Vocational Pathway in Social and Community Services. 

Career prospects 

The following areas are just some of the possible career paths on successful completion of the course:

  • Retail industry
  • Automotive industry
  • Hospitality industry
  • Commercial road transport industry
  • Electrical
  • Further training

Course content

  • Numeracy and Literacy
  • Health & Safety
  • First Aid
  • Personal Presentation
  • Communication Skills
  • Computer Skills
  • CV
  • Job Search & Interview Skills
  • Employment Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Team work Skills
  • Personal Financial Skills
  • Basic Fire Fighting
  • Core Driving Skills & Knowledge

Individual literacy and numeracy needs met with qualified literacy and numeracy support.