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Develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to work alongside people, family and/or whanau with the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) (Level 4) with a strand in Social Services. This entry-level qualification was designed for people already working in, or those who intend to develop a career supporting the health and wellbeing of people, family and the wider community. The Social Services stand will allow you to work in a social services or community setting to support autonomy by using tools and strategies to reduce vulnerability and build resilience. You will learn: Social Services, Abuse and Violence, Ethical practice and professionalism, Te Tiriti O Waitangi and bi-cultural practice and Professional and reflective practice. This qualification is not associated with professional registration or a clinical scope of practice, but will allow you to work for an organisation in within the health and wellbeing sectors. Graduates of the Social Services strand will be employed in roles supporting people to reduce vulnerability and build resilience including family violence support, social justice advocacy, community development work and refugee support.
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Certificate level 4
Estimated annual course fee
NZD 14,000
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1 Years

Southern Institute of Technology

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Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) provides quality tertiary education and training across a wide range of subjects and qualifications. It offers more than 250 programmes from certificate to postgraduate studies all accredited by New Zealand Qualifications Framework, students can learn at a level and pathway that suits them. Many of its programmes offer multiple intakes every year. From English Language Institute which offers intakes almost every week to business programmes which offer between four and nine intakes a year, it makes it easier for students to start studying.
SIT staff makes the difference from being academic and industry qualified from Southland and around the world and are leaders in their fields. Small class sizes mean student gets personalised attention from their friendly academics. SIT offers programmes at campuses in Invercargill, Christchurch, Queenstown, Gore, Auckland and online through SIT2LRN Distance Learning. The Invercargill and Queenstown campuses are situated in New Zealands most picturesque region. Fiordland National Park, New Zealands first UNESCO world heritage area and the sixth largest national park in the world, is just a few hours’ drive away.
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Invercargill Campus - Southern Institute of Technology

136 Tay Street, Invercargill, Southland, 9810

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The main campus is situated either side of Tay Street. SIT Downtown is situated in the center of Invercargill’s business district and is home to new media and arts programmes. SIT Sound in the Invercargill Radio Network Building hosts audio production programmes. Invercargill is where the Southern Institute of Technology started and where the innovative SIT Zero Fees Scheme was born. Many of our Students move to Invercargill to study and take advantage of the Zero Fees Scheme and Southlands lower living costs.