- 14 weeks
- Level 2
- 40 credits
- $21 per hour
- Course Information
- Industry Info
No new intakes for 2018. Please contact us to see if you are can start in a L3 programme.
Do you love caring for others? Then make a career out of it! Become a qualified carer in just 14 weeks with this FREE Level 2 Healthcare programme. Training is hands-on and fun, plus we set you up with two weeks of practical work experience!
Who can enrol?
If you are 16 years or older and want to gain entry-level skills to get started in the health and wellbeing sector, this free course is the perfect first step.
What will I learn?
Gain the skills you need to provide individual caring and support in the healthcare sector – and graduate with 80 hours of real work experience.
You will cover:
- Communication skills
- Basic practical skills
- Report writing
- Awareness of the bicultural partnership of Aotearoa New Zealand
- Basic tikanga practices
- Relevant legislation and codes, policies and procedures
What qualifications will I gain?
- New Zealand Certificate in Health and Well-being Level 2
Where will this take me?
Head straight into the workforce in an entry-level healthcare role, or better still enhance your career opportunities by staying on for our Level 3 programme. Either way you’ll stand out from the crowd by having trained at Ignite Colleges!
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about this course
What do I need to enrol?
It’s easy! All you need to bring along is proof of citizenship or PR. We will help you do the rest. If you are an international student, please contact us first.
How much does this course cost?
This programme is free under the SAC (Student Achievement Component) 1-2 fund.
What time does my course start and finish?
Your course runs from 8.30am until 12.30pm, Monday to Friday.
Am I eligible for a travel allowance?
If you are aged between 16 and 19, yes! If not, we can sit down and discuss what assistance you might be entitled to.
What resources will I need?
Nothing! We will even provide you with a uniform when you go on work experience.
What sort of support will I get?
We are here to help you be the best you can be, and we work with whanau and other support stuff to ensure you succeed.
What does a typical day look like?
This course includes lots of practical training in our dedicated healthcare clinics. You’ll learn how to use a hoist, how to make a bed to hospital standards, and you’ll become familiar with all the equipment typically used in a hospital or aged care facility. You’ll also learn how to communicate with patients, basic first aid skills, and get to go on site visits and listen to guest speakers.
Does the course include work experience?
Yes! Two weeks of the course is spent on a clinical placement at an aged care or disability facility, organised by Ignite Colleges.
Will you help me get a job?
Yes! As part of your course we spend time working on interview and CV skills to make sure you leave us work ready. We also bring in speakers from industry to talk to you about what today’s employers expect. As well as this, our tutors have great industry connections and can introduce you to potential employers.
What jobs can I apply for after completing this course?
This is a high-demand sector with lots of rewarding job opportunities. With this qualification you will be able to work as a healthcare support worker in an aged care or disability facility. We can help you find a job – or alternatively, stay on for Level 3 and boost your skills.
What will my starting salary be?
Do this free 14-week course and you will start on $20/hour – that’s the same salary as someone without qualifications who has been working for three years!
Healthcare workers provide assistance, support and care to people in need (such as the aged or disabled) in a wide range of health, welfare, residential and community settings. The work they do fills a crucial role in society and is becoming even more critical as New Zealand’s population becomes increasingly older.
By 2021, 34,547 people are estimated to be working as personal carers and assistants in New Zealand – that’s up 0.9 percent from 2013. Employment in the sector is expected to remain stable out to 2026. According to a 2015 Ministry of Health survey, healthcare support workers are predominantly female (91 percent) and have an older age profile than other New Zealand workforces, with 54 percent of workers aged between 45 and 64. In addition, the survey found most support workers were employed part-time, working an average of 21 hours a week. Late nights, early mornings, weekend and shift work is common.
What makes a great healthcare worker?
Most people enter the healthcare sector because they are passionate about helping others and dedicated to making a meaningful difference in their communities. Having empathy and a kind and caring nature is a must. But there are several other skills and traits that help to make an exceptional healthcare worker. These include:
- good customer service skills
- first-aid knowledge
- knowledge of health and safety standards
- patient, tolerant and compassionate
- organised and responsible
- skilled at listening and communicating
- able to relate well to people from a range of cultures
- able to follow instructions
- fit, healthy, strong and free of back problems
Employment opportunities for healthcare support workers are good, thanks primarily to New Zealand’s aging population, and the increasing demand this is putting on our healthcare services. And while many care workers are employed in hospitals and nursing homes, there are also excellent opportunities in private home care companies, specialist care providers, church and welfare-based trusts, and home support services run by District Health Boards (DHBs).
In 2017, pay equity in the sector took a giant leap forward, with the passing of the Care and Support Worker (Pay Equity) Settlement Act, which removed wage discrimination based on gender for 55,000 care and support workers – and led to pay rises of 15-50 percent. Linking pay rates to qualifications, the Act encourages workers to increase their qualifications, and helps New Zealand build a more highly training workforce.
The new wage rates are being rolled out over five years and as of July 2018, healthcare support workers with a Level 2 qualification earn $21/hour (the same as an unqualified person who has been working in the sector for three years); those with a Level 3 qualification start on $22.50/hour (the equivalent of someone who’s been working for eight years); and a Level 4 qualification starts you on $24.50/hour, the same as an unqualified worker who has been in the sector for 12 years.
Entry-level roles in the health sector include:
- healthcare assistant
- home care support worker
- hospital orderly
- nurse aide
- nursing support and care worker
- personal care assistant
Once in the industry, there are plenty of opportunities for progression and specialisation. Go onto degree-level studies and become a registered nurse, become a health promoter in the local community or within a government agency, or move into an administrative or managerial role in a hospital or private healthcare organisation.
Here's a profile of our awesome healthcare tutor Mehak
After several years running her own private dental practice in India, dental surgeon Mehak sold her practice and moved to New Zealand for a new adventure. Although she was originally planning to practice dentistry here, life Down Under has taken her in an unexpected and “far more rewarding” direction. Through working as a youth worker, a disability worker, and a teachers’ aide in a special needs school, Mehak has tapped into her love of teaching. She completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health at AUT (to add to her Bachelor of Dental Surgery), and prior to joining Ignite Colleges she worked for another tertiary provider as a Level 6 Healthcare Management tutor.
“Being a dental surgeon is very lucrative, but I am finding teaching far more satisfying. I love sharing my knowledge with my students and really enjoy the classroom dynamics. The students have such rich experiences to share – I love the exchange of energy! My classes are lively and interactive, and we laugh a lot. Healthcare is a great sector to get into in New Zealand because it’s fast-growing. Our students are getting great jobs after studying with us. The more they learn about healthcare, the greater their opportunities are.”
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