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Health Care Assistant Earn and Learn Programme

This is a programme for anyone interested in starting a career in health. You’ll join us as a Health Care Assistant working on the wards while studying for a level 3 qualification in Health and wellbeing. You’ll be paid throughout the programme and will be fully supported with training and support on the ward. When you’ve successfully completed the programme, which will take no longer than a year you’ll be a fully qualified HCA with a guaranteed job with us at the end of it.

How we support you through the programme

You’ll get a full orientation from day one to set you up for success on the wards.

You’ll be supported by our training team in the classroom and complete 15 modules. Working on the ward, you’ll be buddied up with one of the nursing team and have the full support of the Charge Nurse. 

You’ll also be part of a cohort of new Health Care Assistants and you’ll all support each other.


Criteria to apply for the HCA earn and learn programme

To apply for the programme, you will need to be at least 18 years old and have completed a minimum of three years secondary school or equivalent. You do not need to hold any qualifications in the healthcare field to join the programme.

How to apply

Register your interest in the Health Care Assistant programme.

When you’ve entered your details, we will be in touch with details of the next steps.

What you get at the end of the programme

The programme takes about 9 months to complete.  At the end of the 9 months you will have completed your level 3 qualification in Health and Wellbeing and you’ll remain at Auckland DHB as one of our valued Health Care Assistants.

The level 3 certificate can be a springboard to other careers in health such as nursing, phlebotomy or midwifery. If you chose to go into a nursing role there may be scholarships available to help you.