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Start a career and contribute to New Zealand’s social good

The growing and vital health and wellbeing sectors have a shortage of qualified workers. There are significant employment opportunities for young people to start a lifelong, rewarding career. Through on-the-job training such as an apprenticeships, there’s an opportunity to earn while you learn, get practical skills and work towards achieving a nationally recognised qualification without taking on a student loan.

Careerforce offers a range of programmes to help high school students and school leavers take their first steps towards a career pathway in aged support, cleaning, disability support, mental health and addiction support, primary and secondary healthcare, social and community services and youth work.

For Schools

Careerforce offers Year 11 to 13 students learning opportunities, credits towards NCEA Levels 2 and 3 and a glimpse into their future work environment.  We work with secondary schools and employers to help young people wishing to get a taste of working in these sectors.

Find out more about Gateway and Vocational Pathway Packages

For Students

If you have a passion for people and supporting them reach their full potential, the health and wellbeing sector needs you.  Get a head start while still at school through our Gateway and Vocational Pathways programmes. Speak to your school’s Career Advisor or Gateway Coordinator or contact Careerforce for more information.

Finishing school soon? Consider applying for an entry-level role to get trained and qualified on the job.

Find out more about Vocational Pathways and careers

Become a Gateway Employer

Small Steps and Full Vocational Pathways are Careerforce’s secondary school programmes that introduce students to a career in the health and wellbeing sectors. By opening your door to young people as a Gateway Employer, you are offering them a range of career options.

Find out more about becoming a Gateway Employer

Got a Trade? Got it Made!

Careerforce is proud to be a Got a Trade? Got it Made! partner along with eight other industry training organisations. Got a Trade? Got it Made! is a national campaign to raise awareness of learning and career opportunities in New Zealand’s trades and services.

Find out more about Got a Trade