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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.


Programme details

The SEEDS Programme is made up of 22 credits covering the fundamentals in customer service identified by the industry as essential for the retail workplace. The programme involves work experience 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 work placement with Countdown
  • learning resources and assessment materials
  • assessment and support through a dedicated Schools Transitions Advisor
  • Polo shirts.


(Theory for 20666 and 11971 needs to be completed prior to entering the store)

Unit Unit standard title Level  Credits
9677 Communicate in a team or a group which has an objective 2 3
11968 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of legislation applicable to sale of good and services 2 4
11971 Use safe work practices in a retail environment under supervision 2 3
20666 Demonstrate basic knowledge of contamination hazards and control methods used in a food business 2 2
28145 Interact with customers in a service delivery context 2 2
28301 Demonstrate knowledge of products and product information in a retail environment 2 5
10791 Participate in an informal meeting 2 3
  Total Credits   22


How to apply

To sign up to this great programme, please click on the link below and fill in your details. A Schools Transitions Advisor will be in contact with you shortly.

Please note:
 This is not an application of employment with Woolworths. Please refer to