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 apprenticeship, 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.

The health and wellbeing sectors provide a variety of exciting career opportunities. These include:

  • disability, mental health or aged support work
  • youth work
  • diversional therapy or rehabilitation assistance
  • social and community services work or employment support
  • and many more.

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 Good Skills Careerforce Gateway Programmes. Speak to your Gateway Coordinator or Careers Advisor to help you get started.

You are also welcome to email us at for more information. 

Good Skills Gateway Packages

Finishing school soon?

There are plenty of entry-level career opportunities in the aged care, health and wellbeing, disability and social and community sectors.  They are lifelong, rewarding careers and there are employers who will support your training and help you to get qualified on the job.

Find out more about Careerforce supported training

Useful links and resources

Check out Seek, TradeMe Jobs or Kiwi Health Jobs for job opportunities.

Careers NZ provides tools and resources to help you get started, from analysing your skills, to developing your CV to finding local job vacancies to match your skills.

I learnt from my work experience that you need empathy and patience working in this industry.

Nanise Bulicakau

Aspiring Nurse