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Skills Matter

About Skills Matter

Skills Matter provides funding for postgraduate training for new graduates and existing practitioners working in DHB, NGO and primary care settings, including nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, psychologists and addiction practitioners.

All programmes:

  • combine academic and workplace learning
  • are at postgraduate level (levels 8 and 9 in the New Zealand qualifications framework)
  • are underpinned by the Let's get real framework.

Te Pou manages Skills Matter funding on behalf of the Ministry of Health.

Applications for a funded place on a programme must be made directly through the relevant tertiary institute.

Studying or thinking about it?

If you're a prospective student, you should:

If you're a current student, you should:

Managers and employers

If you're a manager or employer:

  • our resource Guidance for employers of Skills Matters trainees explains what employers need to know and do in order to support an employee to successfully complete their programme and apply their new knowledge in the workplace
  • you should be familiar with the service specifications for courses that your employees are enrolled in
  • you can read evaluations and reflections from past students.

Non-government organisations (NGOs)

Students from NGOs are eligible to apply to all courses. However, if an NGO-based nurse is interested in applying for the new entry to specialist practice: mental health and addiction nursing (NESP) programme they should indicate their interest to Te Pou in the first instance.

The following guides outline some considerations for NGO-based students and employers.

Get in touch

Jacqui Hampton

M: 027 299 5162



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