Course fosters Mental Health providers

Future Skills Academy Manukau is launching it’s National Certificate in Mental Health and Addiction Support Level 4.

The programme is designed for learners who wish to enter mental health and addiction support work, or who already work as paid or unpaid mental health and addiction support workers under supervision.

Future Skills Mental Health and Addiction Support tutor Kailash Devan said that on completion, graduates will have knowledge, skills and attitudes related to engaging with, and safely supporting mental health and addiction service users.

“Our graduates will meet the requirements of the Ministry of Health’s (2008) ‘Let’s Get Real Framework’ at the essential level of performance, which means they will be able to work as mental health and addiction support workers under supervision,” he said.

Mounting excitement

Kailash has over 10 year’s experience working with a range of community mental health service providers and was instrumental in the establishment of the current Future Skills Health, Disability and Aged Care Support programme level 2.

“We are very excited to launch our (MHAS) Mental Health and Addiction Support programme level 4. It is an essential qualification for anybody wanting to help others and the demand for qualified workers in this sector is growing every day,” he said.

“We have received tremendous support from a number of key Mental Health and Addiction Support employers in terms or student work experience placements so our graduates will have valuable sector experience.  We welcome anybody with a passion for caring for others and we are very interested to enrol learners with prior foundation health qualifications and or experience,” he added.

The Criteria

Learners will preferably have already achieved the National Certificate in Health, Disability and Aged Support (Foundation Skills) level 2 and, or the National Certificate in Health, Disabilty and Aged Support (Core competencies) level 3. Learners without these qualifications should have some experience working with others in a health related context. This may be experience with whanau, as a volunteer, or peer support person.

Impressive growth

Future Skills Training Academy is a foundation education leader based in Manukau, Auckland. Established in 2001, it has grown from humble beginnings as a youth training provider and now offers a range of both free and fee paying programmes for both youth and adults.

The Academy is dedicated to improving the lives of others through education and committed to quality training. It offers a highly welcoming environment where students get generous teaching support from tutors.

The institute is increasingly being recognised. In August 2013, an NZQA evaluation of the organisation, staff and its practice rated it a Category 1 education provider (the highest category), saying it is ‘highly confident in the educational performance of Future Skills Academy.’ – Material Supplied

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