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Careerforce, the Industry Training Organisation for the health and wellbeing sectors, kicked off its third Workforce Development Conference at Te Papa on Monday.

Careerforce Chief Executive Ray Lind says the conference is a meeting of some of the brightest minds in New Zealand’s health, wellbeing, social and community sectors.

Comedian Te Radar has opened the floor at this morning’s conference to a roomful of thought providers, sector experts and passionate leaders.

The Hon Louise Upston opened today’s conference.

A political panel of Labour’s Jenny Salesa, the Green’s Jan Logie and Tracey Martin from New Zealand First, shared their policies and plans impacting on the health, social and community sectors and industry training.

Pay equity, suicide prevention and the state of mental health in New Zealand are also hot topics at today’s Conference.

Mr Lind says today’s event is a great opportunity to promote career pathways in the health and wellbeing sector.

“It’s very important we continue to build a strong and high performing industry training sector to support the health and wellbeing of all New Zealanders,” he says.

“This is a great opportunity for those passionate about public health and social services to come together and talk about how we can improve the health of people and community wellbeing across New Zealand.

“The conference is a great opportunity to see, hear and discuss as well as network with others within your sectors.”

The very first cohort of graduates from the New Zealand Apprenticeship in Health and Wellbeing are also being celebrated at this year’s conference.

Mr Lind says this evening’s Training Excellence Awards ceremony will be an occasion to celebrate the achievements of those working in the health and wellbeing sectors


“These Careerforce Training Excellence Awards reward and recognise the impact our trainees and apprentices have on their communities and improving health and wellbeing outcomes for all New Zealanders,” he says.




07 August 2017

The Careerforce Workforce Development Conference is running from the 7th to the 8th of August 2017 at Te Papa, Wellington.

Careerforce is the Industry Training Organisation (ITO) for the health, mental health, youth work, disability, social services and cleaning sectors. We are the Government appointed body that sets skill standards, develops and facilitates achievement of NZQA qualifications across all our sectors. For more information, please see: