Health & Support Services
Are you interested in your own and other people’s health? Do you like to assist others in the community? Then Health and Support 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 Health and Support Services is for you!
Time: 9am to 2.30pm Fridays
Location: NMIT Nelson
Pathways + Opportunities
- Employment within the industry
- NZ Certificate in Study & Career Preparation (Health) L4*
- NZ Certificate in Health & Wellbeing L3 & L4*
- Bachelor of Nursing*
* Available locally at NMIT
Elli began considering nursing as a future career after supporting a family member through illness. She found out about the Health & Support Services programme from her teacher at school and thought that this would be a good opportunity to learn more about the health sector and study options. Being part of the programme has confirmed her decision to enrol in a nursing degree at NMIT once she finishes school.
Elli has enjoyed the practical nature of the course and the range of subjects that are covered. Her highlight so far has been working in the laboratories at NMIT. “Our tutor is so lovely. She makes the course fun, with lots of activities and conversations. It’s definitely not all paperwork! Everything we do is really achievable and the tutor is always available for help. Being part of this course has made me much more confident.”
Rose’s career goal is to work in the medical field, most probably as a nurse. Taking the Health and Support Services Trades programme has helped Rose decide that this is definitely the area that she wants to work in.
“I love learning in this class and having new things to do that I’m genuinely interested in.” She says that visiting Nelson Hospital and watching a surgical operation has been a highlight of the year so far.
Rose is really enjoying the content of the course, learning about support services, patients’ rights, physiology and anatomy and hygiene procedures. She says that the students in the programme have a very good relationship with the tutor, who is really helpful and approachable.
For Rose, managing her time to balance her studies between school and Trades hasn’t been difficult.
Looking to the future, Rose intends to complete Year 13 at school and then return to NMIT to study towards a Bachelor of Nursing degree.