Social & Community Services
Are you interested in your own and other people’s health? Do you like to assist others in the community? Then Social and Community Services might be for you!
You will be working on the NMIT campus developing the skills needed to work in the health and support services sector. You will gain knowledge of community services and resources, infection control practices, how to provide a safe environment, and gain insight into consumer rights in the health care setting.
You will also learn skills to appropriately communicate with consumers of health care, and support persons with disabilities. As part of this programme you will visit health providers throughout the region, including Nelson Hospital, rest homes and other support services.
Give it a go and see if Social and Community Services is for you!
On completion of this course you will be able to:
- Identify community support services and resources.
- Demonstrate knowledge of infection control requirements in a health/wellbeing setting.
- Describe procedures for reporting incidents in a health/wellbeing setting.
- Demonstrate knowledge of consumer’s rights in a health/wellbeing setting.
- Describe techniques for managing personal wellbeing in a health/wellbeing setting.
- Maintain a safe and secure environmental in a simulated health/wellbeing setting.
- Describe physical disability and the support needs of a person with a physical disability.
- Apply basic first aid concepts*
* Learning outcome not assessed by unit standard
Note: Some unit standards may change. Final information on the standards specific to your course will be available prior to starting your programme.
If circumstances change there could be mixed models of delivery e.g online, face to face one day per week or block options.
Starts: February 2023
9am to 2.30pm Fridays
Pathways + Opportunities
- Employment within the industry
- NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing L3 and L4
- NZ Certificate in Study and Career Preparation L4
- Bachelor of Nursing at NMIT
- Medical Nursing
- Mental Health
- Aged Care
- Operating Theatre
- Health Education
- Community Nursing
- Disability Sector
- Paramedic and the Ambulance Service
Zoe began the year not knowing what Trades Academy would be like, nor what it would be like attend the NMIT Campus. Zoe says she made the right choice as she is loving the Health & Support Services course. Zoe has particularly enjoyed listening to the many different speakers from the health and wellbeing sectors who visit students in class, especially those speakers who talk about living with a disability and the impact this has on their lives. “These speakers were real and it was interesting to learn about their experiences and how they support others with disabilities in the community.”
Zoe thinks the facilities at NMIT are excellent, especially as the classrooms are equipped and set up like a real laboratory and a hospital ward. “It’s real and this helps us to get familiar with what hospital nursing might be like.“
A highlight for Zoe so far are the visits the students have made to a local rest home where they have enjoyed meeting with the residents, talking and playing games like noughts & crosses. “It’s so nice to listen to the residents’ stories and to make people smile.”
Zoe is unsure where the future may take her but she values her Trades Academy opportunity as this has allowed her to find out what tertiary study looks like. She now knows that you don’t have to leave Nelson to access tertiary education.