Training Scheme in Hospitality Supported Learning (Level 1)

A West Coast first, students with learning disabilities can now seek tertiary training to prepare them for jobs in the hospitality industry.

About the programme

Tai Poutini Polytechnic has worked closely with parents, whānau, educators and support services to develop the Training Scheme in Hospitality Supported Learning (Level 1), targeted especially at students who required supported learning. This is the first time a jobs-focused tertiary programme for supported learning students has been made available on the West Coast.

You will learn the basics of customer service, presentation and health and safety in a hospitality environment. You will benefit from learning life skills and communication skills to help build confidence and understanding of basic hospitality and community practices. The programme aims to prepare you for an entry-level position in the hospitality industry; it also offers social and life skills and the ability to interact with the local community.

The benefits of this training scheme include:

  • Supporting the development of hospitality industry skills and knowledge
  • Building learners study skills and supporting progression of learners to further tertiary education
  • Building learners life skills
  • Supporting the learning of people who have high learning needs
  • Working alongside local schools or community organisations to provide support and study options for supported learners
  • Developing learner confidence and awareness to be better able to operate independently in a range of community situations
  • Develop potential entry level staff members for the wider West Coast hospitality and customer service industries
  • Building learner connections
  • Increase learners understanding of and sense of and place in the wider community

Core elements

On completion of this training scheme you will be able to:

  • Participate in a dining experience in a hospitality context.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the basic terminology used in the hospitality industry.
  • Demonstrate ability to operate independently in a training environment.
  • Demonstrate functional knowledge of personal safety in a hospitality environment.
  • Develop basic skills required for hospitality activities.
  • Select plants and care for plant life that can be used in a hospitality context

Further study options

Graduates of the Training Scheme in Hospitality Supported Learning (Level 1), could continue on with further education such as the following qualifications;

  • New Zealand Certificate in Skills for Living for Supported Learners (Level 1)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3).
  • New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 3) Café Services
  • New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Services (Level 3) Restaurant Services

Career opportunities

Graduates of this programme could be employed as;

  • Hospitality industry staff members in supervised positions
  • Customer service related jobs such as supermarkets, service stations


You will be offered a place subject to meeting the entry and selection requirements and the availability of places on the programme. The Polytechnic reserves the right to not accept late applications, i.e., after the programme has started. The Polytechnic reserves the right to cancel, prior to commencement, any programme which does not attract a minimum number of students. The fees shown are indicative only. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change. For further information visit here.