Countdown SEEDS Programme
Open the door to a career in Retail!
Retail is an exciting career choice with loads of possibilities – from helping customers, stock management, marketing, to running a store.
SEEDS (Students Entering Employment Developing Skills) is a Gateway Programme that gives students a chance to get valuable work experience in supermarket retail and help make the transition from school into a career.
Students will gain credits that can be used towards a nationally recognised New Zealand Certificate in Retail. This could also lead to a career in retail or a pathway into a butchery or bakery apprenticeship. They’ll be supported all the way and learn important skills in line with industry standards including: customer service; personal presentation; food safety; product knowledge and teamwork.
How it works
Students will receive customised learning resources, clear development plans and their work will be assessed by the ServiceIQ coordinator who also keeps their school up-to-date with progress.
Benefits for students
Get an introduction to an exciting career in supermarket retail.
Gain credits towards a nationally recognised qualification.
Get real experience in a real workplace.
Enjoy the camaraderie from working as part of a team.
Learn great industry skills and knowledge essential for a retail career.
Learn in a fully supportive environment.
The SEEDS Programme is made up of 19 credits covering the fundamentals in customer service identified by the industry as essential for the retail workplace. The programme involves 10 days’ work experience over 10 weeks, plus pre-workplace support.
It costs $500 +GST per student and results in a SEEDS Countdown certificate. The certificate is made up of a set menu of credits (see below) which can be used towards a nationally recognised New Zealand Certificate in Retail.
As part of Countdown SEEDS package each student will receive:
- a 10 week work placement with Countdown
- learning resources and assessment materials
- coaching support and assessment through a dedicated coordinator.
(Theory for 11971 and 20666 needs to be completed prior to entering the store)
|Unit||Unit standard title||Level||Credits|
Communicate in a team or a group which has an objective
|Demonstrate and apply knowledge of legislation applicable to sale of good and services||2||4|
|Use safe work practices in a retail environment under supervision||2||3|
Demonstrate basic knowledge of contamination hazards and control methods used in a food business
Interact with customers in a service delivery context
|Demonstrate knowledge of products and product information in a retail environment||2||5|
|Participate in an informal meeting||2||3|
How to apply
To sign up to this great programme, please click on the link below and fill in your details. Your Workforce Engagement Team will be in contact with you shortly.
|Northland / Kaitaia / Whangarei||TBC|
|North Auckland / Whangaparaoa / Silverdale||TBC|
|West Auckland||Lisa Compton||021 195 2817|
|South Auckland||Heamoni Taani-Fahiua||021 195 0280|
|East / Central Auckland||Kirsty Downs||021 195 4463|
|Waikato / Taupo / Whitianga||Tania McCarthy||021 195 7156|
|Hamilton||Janice Clough||027 748 8482|
|Western Bay of Plenty / Gisborne||Carolyn Vincent||021 283 0949|
|Hawke's Bay||Tracey Jarman||022 064 5045|
|Taranaki||John Hudson||027 488 2467|
|Whanganui / Feilding / Palmerston North||Tracey Jarman||022 064 5045|
|Masterton||Cass Clarke||021 283 0986|
|Kapiti Coast||Elly Williams||022 368 7166|
|Wellington||Ruth Asiata||027 221 8546|
|Nelson / Marlborough||Amber Law||021 193 6262|
|Blenheim||Amber Law||021 193 6262|
|Greymouth (West Coast)||TBC|
|Christchurch||Amber Law||021 193 6262|
|Otago / Southland||TBC|