Kapiti Programme Delivery Set to Expand
Media Release: 17 February 2014
The Wellington Institute of Technology’s (WelTec) new qualification on the Kapiti Coast for people working in the health, disability and aged support sector has been welcomed by the intellectual disability services of Capital Coast Health. Nicola Adams, Intellectual Disability ID) Service Educator with Te Korowai Whariki - provider of forensic mental health and intellectual disability services to the central North Island - says the programme is essential for anyone working or wanting to work in this challenging, but rewarding sector.
“All our disability support staff working in this area must have a level 3 qualification. The National Certificate in Health, Disability and Aged Support is an excellent programme that is very well suited to a variety of work areas – disability, aged care, forensics, and rest home care. I would commend it to other employers who want their staff to gain sound professional skills with a well-respected tertiary education provider.
“The way the programme is structured so that people who are working only need to attend classes one day a week is really convenient as well,” says Ms Adams. “100% of our staff in the ID service have now completed a level three qualification. For those who are living on the Kapiti Coast it will now be much more convenient for them to study at a local facility.”
“Students enrolled on the programme are visited in the workplace where the majority of assessment for the programme is undertaken. Teaching is undertaken by mental health professionals with the programme running over 17 weeks,” says WelTec Chief Executive Linda Sissons.
“Learners come from a variety of settings, levels of academic ability, ethnicity, gender, and age. We welcome enquiries from prospective students and employers about the programme."
“We are very excited to be offering this from Whitireia’s wonderful campus in Paraparaumu. Providing quality tertiary education and relevant programmes of study for the Kāpiti region is a high priority for both WelTec and Whitireia," says Linda Sissons.
WelTec and Whitireia are partners in The Choice Protocol, a strategic partnership providing students across the Wellington region with educational opportunities.