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Take a look at the range of benefits and payments we have available.
Redundancy, health condition or disability or another reason you can’t work
Food, school costs, power, accommodation or other living expenses you need help with
You’ve had a relationship break-up, family breakdown or violent relationship end
Health and Disability
Counselling, prescription and GP costs, medical alarms and other costs we can help with
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Caring for someone else’s child or someone with a health condition, injury or disability
Urgent or unexpected costs
Dental, glasses, car repairs, fridge, washing machine, funeral or other urgent costs you need help with
Childcare, school uniforms, stationery, having a baby and other costs if you have children
Fixing issues with Accommodation Supplement, Special Benefit and other payments we’ve made
16-19 year olds
Education, training, work and benefit help for 16-19 year olds
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Find out what services we can offer to help you find work and when you start a new job.
Looking for work
We have jobs available now in various industries and you can search on our job websites.
Help with your job search
From advice on making a plan, to tips on where to look and following up leads.
Training and experience
Our programmes can help you get ready for work with training and work experience.
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Find out how we can help you get ready to work, find work, and support available while you're working.
CVs and cover letters
We’ve got great templates and advice for writing your CV or cover letter, and filling out job applications.
Help with work costs
Get help to pay for the things you need to start work
Job support and advice
Get all the support and advice you need to stay in work.
Health and disability
If you want to work, we can support you to find the right job for you.
Start your own business
We can help you get your business up and running.
Get advice about how to prepare for and deliver a great interview.
Help for 16-19 year olds
We’ve got extra support for young people to get ready for work and find a job.
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Employment service for secondary school students with a disability or health condition
Employment Service in Schools is for secondary school students who have a disability or health condition, including mental health condition or neurodiversity. This pilot service helps the students, their family or whānau, and school plan for their future and explore job and career opportunities.
Working with the Ministry of Education, we have contracted providers in Otago-Southland, Canterbury, Wellington, Waikato, and parts of Auckland. These providers are experts in preparing people for work and finding job opportunities. Their focus is on preparing students for employment through skill development and work experience or job trials.
This service is a pilot and will be available until 30 June 2023.
Who can take part
You can take part in Employment Service in Schools if you:
- have a disability or health condition, including a mental health condition or neurodiversity, which:
- is likely to continue for six months or more, and
- may mean you have trouble getting into or finding work
and you are:
- a student aged 14 to 21 enrolled in English or Māori medium secondary school or kura, and you plan to leave school in the next two years, and
- finding out what job or type of work you would like
- living in Otago-Southland, Canterbury, Wellington, Waikato, or parts of Auckland, and
- a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident.
You don't need to be getting a benefit to use Employment Service in Schools.
You won't be able to take part in the service if you:
- can get funding from ACC to transition from school, or
- are currently getting funding from us through Transition Services.
If you're already getting help through our Transition Service, and would like to move to Employment Service in Schools, please email us at Employment_Service_in_Schools@msd.govt.nz.
If you're not living in an area with Employment Service in Schools
We'd like to hear from you so we know where else people would like this service. You can email us at Employment_Service_in_Schools@msd.govt.nz and tell us where in New Zealand you are. There's also information about other support available at the bottom of this page.
What you can get
With Employment Service in Schools, you’ll work with a provider in your area to get ready for when you leave school and go into a job or training for a job. Our providers are experts in preparing people for work and finding job opportunities.
You'll get help with things like:
- identifying what types of jobs you could do when you leave school
- finding information to help you make decisions
- finding out what job of type of work you would like
- creating your CV
- getting ready for interviews
- work experience
- getting a part-time job while you're at school.
Our providers specialise in helping people who have a disability or health condition, including a mental health condition or neurodiversity. They'll work with you, your family or whānau, school and other networks to help you plan your future.
This service is now available until end of December 2022.
How to apply
Talk to your teacher, your teaching support, or your careers advisor about Employment Service in Schools. They'll let you know which providers are in your area, and help you and your family or whānau choose the right one.
You'll need to complete the form (linked below) to apply, and get your parents/whānau, your school and the provider you've chosen to fill in the sections marked for them.
Once you’ve completed this form give it to the provider you’ve chosen. There are several providers available in each region. You and your family or whānau can choose the provider you want to work with.
What happens next
We'll process your application, this usually takes 2-3 working days. Your provider will tell you if your application is accepted or not.
If your application is accepted, your provider will contact you to organise a meeting. This will be with you and your parents or whānau. You'll work together to find out what kind of employment future you'd like, and what needs to happen for this.
You'll get Employment Service in Schools until you leave school or when the pilot ends (30 June 2022), even if you start a job while you're still at school.
Other support available
There’s other support available if you’re not able to get Employment Service in Schools, or if you were getting this and it’s now finished.
You can contact your school about these:
- Transition Service, for students who are verified on the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS) and are in their last year of school.
- Enabling Good Lives, a partnership between the disability sector and government agencies aimed at long term transformation of how disabled people and families are supported to live everyday lives.
- Mana Whaikaha, a prototype of a transformed disability support system which is funded by the New Zealand Government, through the Ministry of Health.
- Vocational support through your school, such as career support, Gateway or Vocational Pathways.
- Funding for students with very high needs, who are verified on the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme, and are leaving school.
We may also be able to help you with:
- Employment Service, similar to Employment Service in Schools and available when you leave school.
- Mainstream programmes, to help you get paid work experience and a long-term job.