Andrea Brown (left) and Mehak Kapoor
The healthcare industry is constantly evolving, which means that technologies and processes keep advancing. For this reason, there is a constant need for healthcare professionals to ensure that their expertise remains relevant and of a high standard.
Career development is essential for improving health services, which is why many employers actively encourage staff to acquire a formal qualification in addition to their roles. Health assistants are generally required to obtain a level 2 or 3 qualification during their employment.
Mehak Kapoor, Head of the Health and Wellness team at New Zealand Tertiary College (NZTC), says upgrading enables graduates to acquire important skills and knowledge to meet the complex needs of healthcare clients and well-being.
“Studying enables graduates to enhance their leadership skills, work collaboratively with their wider healthcare team, provide quality person-centered support to clients, and extend support to family / whānau to their clients and to communities at large.
“Obtaining a higher qualification like Level 3 or Level 4 not only makes graduates eligible for pay equity, but it also allows for better employment opportunities. “
Currently halfway through the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing – Health Assistance Strand (Level 3) program, NZTC student Andrea Brown shares her thoughts on why she decided to pursue a formal qualification.
“We live in a constantly changing world, including health care and the way it is delivered. Therefore, it is important to keep our learning up to date in order to provide the best possible care.
“Level 3 gives me a deeper understanding of the clients I work with. This is an excellent starting point and will be a great springboard for future studies.
A professional outlook report from the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment indicated that healthcare workers are likely to be eligible for increased work opportunities with the elderly and the elderly. with disabilities when qualifications are acquired beyond the expectations of Levels 2 and 3.