New Activity Led Training (ALT) Programme

Te Hauhake I Te Mana


This exciting new activity led training programme is training with a DIFFERENCE. If you find it challenging studying within a classroom environment then this programme is for you!! Learning through a wide range of outdoor and indoor activities you will gain skills and knowledge in areas such as Health & wellbeing, Tikanga, fishing, diving, eeling, design & construction, camping and agriculture. The course is ideal for you if want to have fun and make new friends while you study!!


This programme provides learners with the knowledge and skills required to enter a wide range of employment, community activities and higher study opportunities.

Learners will obtain core capabilities including literacy, numeracy and communication skills required for entry level employment or to progress to a higher level of study in a range of fields or subject areas.

The purpose of this qualification is to provide learners with focused skills, capabilities, knowledge and attributes needed to engage or re-engage with formal education as well as the development of the necessary work skills such as attendance, self-management, basic communication and team work for entry level employment.

This Foundation programme’s approach to delivery ensures learners are exposed to a wide variety of learning opportunities to cater for their individualised learning preferences in relevant contexts as well as ensuring graduates are ready to pathway on to further study of interest or entry level employment roles on completion of the programme. Graduates will be able to operate in familiar, structured environments.


As part of this course, students are involved in a variety of projects, which can include gardening, fishing and eeling. Some students on the Hastings course caught 16 fish in one day!


This programme aligns with the NZ Employability Skills Framework which identifies the soft skills and capabilities desired by New Zealand Employers; Positive attitude, communication, teamwork, self-management, willingness to learn, thinking skills and resilience. These seven capabilities underpin the learning outcomes for this foundation skills programme.

The programme leads to nationally recognised NZQA Qualification: New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 1).

NZQA Accredited
Workforce Development is an Established Training Provider (25 years)


To apply for these courses you must be a New Zealand Citizen or permanent resident. You must be over 16 years old (or 15 with an MOE exemption). Ready to apply?

“My time at Workforce Development has been so great, I have achieved a lot in the past year that I’ve been here!”

Kaylah is studying as part of the Youth Guarantee programme in Hawke’s Bay. She enjoys her time on the course and feels a great sense of achievement from what she has learned so far. When she started at Workforce Development, she had no credits or qualifications. Kaylah has now almost completed all her credits to pass Level 1 and 2. Recently she had success catching a large fish, which the class cooked up for lunch and has successfully gained a part time work position at a local second hand store. Interview skills, letter writing and writing a CV are all skills she has gained during her study. She finds the tutors to be really friendly and supportive and recommends Workforce Development for other young people wanting to get ahead.