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Government help with recruitment

The government offers lots of different kinds of help for employers to find staff, volunteers and apprentices. These services can make the process easier, more efficient and cheaper too.

Work and Income’s no-cost recruiting services

Work and Income offers a wide range of fast, efficient and no-cost recruiting services that can be specifically tailored for your business.

You can use their recruiting services to:

Call them to find out more about how you can get help to find the right staff.

Contacts address book

0800 778 008 — Work and Income Employer line 

Recruit staff (external link) — Work and Income

Partner with Work and Income to fill a labour shortage

Through the Industry Partnerships (external link) programme, Work and Income works with organisations and employers to find and train workers to fill skill or labour shortages.

Work and Income typically forms Industry Partnerships with:

  • large industry employers
  • national industry associations
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • large retail chains.

Call them to find out more about how you can get help to find the right staff.

Contacts address book

0800 778 008 — Work and Income Employer line 

Industry partnerships (external link)  — Work and Income

 

If your industry has an Industry Training Organisation (ITO) you can take on an apprentice. Apprentices work towards a qualification while they get practical experience in your business as a paid employee.

Taking on an apprentice can be a great move if you want to:

  • increase your workplace expertise
  • upskill existing employees
  • develop a training culture in the workplace
  • teach an apprentice new skills and give them a career
  • bring new knowledge and ideas into your business
  • ensure your business’s future by recruiting and grooming the right people.

Apprenticeships can be offered to anyone over the age of 16 who is interested in a career in your industry. There is no upper age limit.

You must play an active part in their training — in a training plan agreed between you, your apprentice and the relevant ITO — and your apprentice must be working towards a recognised qualification. 

Find your ITO (external link)  — Industry Training Federation

To see if you’re ready to take this step, it is best to speak to your ITO. You can also contact the Tertiary Education Commission (external link) (TEC) to learn more about the New Zealand Apprenticeships scheme.

Contacts address book

0800 601 301 — TEC

 

Work experience for job seekers

Work and Income can help you offer someone up to four weeks with your business on work experience, at no cost to you. 

You get the chance to see whether a potential employee would suit your company, and the employee gets to hone their skills to enter (or re-enter) the workforce.

If you would like to offer work experience or find out more about the programme, get in touch with Work and Income.

Contacts address book

0800 778 008 —  Work and Income Employer line 

Disabled workers' recruitment and funding

Workbridge is a not-for-profit organisation that works with disabled jobseekers to help them into employment.

They can:

  • help you select candidates matched to the position(s) available
  • help candidates prepare for job interviews
  • give you advice and support through the recruitment and training process
  • advise you on financial subsidies you may be eligible for, eg for special equipment
  • help settle in the new employee, if required.

If you have a vacancy that could be filled by a disabled person, get in touch with Workbridge to talk through the options.

Contacts address book

0508 858 858 — Workbridge

Employing disabled people (external link) — Workbridge

Changes to the workplace are not needed in most cases when hiring a disabled jobseeker — but funding is available if required.

Changes to the workplace are not needed in most cases when hiring a disabled jobseeker — but funding is available if required.

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