Health & Wellbeing Apprenticeship Programme (HCA)

Nelson Hospital and Community

Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand (Nelson Marlborough) formerly NMDHB

  • Are you looking for a change of career direction and interested in a role in health?
  • Are you looking for a health role for a gap year or permanently?
  • Are you an experienced healthcare assistant looking to explore nursing/midwifery/social work options?
  • Permanent full-time, part-time, fixed-term and casual options available

We are delighted to announce that we are now taking applications for the Nelson Health and Wellbeing Apprenticeship Programme for people interested in joining the Healthcare sector either now, or later in the year. 

Earn, learn and decide what direction you want to go, whether it's studying nursing, midwifery or social work locally, or medicine, or any allied health profession at a tertiary provider. We currently have apprenticeship vacancies to become a fully qualified Healthcare Assistant based in various departments both in the hospital (e.g. ED, Paediatrics, Medical and Surgical wards, or in the community (e.g. District Nursing, Mental Health, Aged Care). 

All roles are focused on learning how to support nurses working in these busy areas.  You will experience all aspects of healthcare, from learning about health monitoring (e.g. helping with patient cares, patient watches, taking blood pressures), through to helping patients in their daily lives and keeping things running smoothly (e.g. stock control, cleaning equipment, tidying). 

Each month you will learn a new range of skills. You will have both formal training (e.g. Health and Wellbeing qualifications), plus on-the job learning. 

This role will appeal to people with experience who want to get into formal training, or those with no experience but an interest in healthcare.  All we ask is enthusiasm and a desire to learn about one of New Zealand’s fastest growing sectors. Full training and pathways to qualifications are provided.  Successful completion of the qualification gained can be used as a steppingstone to tertiary education if desired e.g., nursing, midwifery, social work. 

The full-time equivalent salary range for this position is $51,770 to $61,540 based on the current NZNO Nursing and Midwifery MECA, dependent on skills, experience & relevant qualifications.

Te Whatu Ora staff are required to have completed their primary course of two NZ approved COVID-19 vaccinations as they have direct contact with patients and members of the public.

Apply now, it’s easy. Please fill in our online application form and include a brief cover letter explaining your interest in the apprenticeship programme.

For general enquiries please contact our recruitment team on or 03 539 5746.

For further role related information please contact Andrew Callander at

Ref: N23-HWAP-June

Expressions of interest – Open until filled

Te Whatu Ora (Nelson Marlborough) strongly endorses Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We believe that to achieve equity in health outcomes for Māori we need a workforce reflective of the population it serves. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who identify as Māori and we recruit for cultural competence. He waka eke noa.

We are all in this together

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Permanent, Permanent/Full Time, Permanent/Part Time, Casual

Job no: N23-HWAP-June

Location: Nelson Hospital

Closing Date: Open until filled