As a social service support worker, you’ll provide advice and support to individuals and families who have personal or social problems. You’ll deal with some challenging and distressed clients, but your ability to make a difference in people’s lives makes the work very rewarding. You might work in government agencies or non-profit organisations and you may need to travel locally to support people at home.
Social service support workers need to be:
Entry level roles in Social Services support work may not require any qualifications, but it’s likely you’ll be expected to train on-the-job for the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 4).
More information from Careerforce about qualifications in the social services support sector.
Initially you’ll find yourself in roles like these:
Those with a Level 5 qualification or higher will be open to more advanced roles
Many employers will support on-the-job training where you’ll have the opportunity to earn as you learn, get practical skills and work towards achieving a nationally recognised qualification without taking on a student loan.
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