Start a rewarding career in New Zealand’s growing and vital sectors

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 Gateway and Vocational Pathways programmes.

Small Steps Gateway

Small Steps Gateway programme is designed to give you a taste of a range of professions available. We have different pathways available where you can complete several short work placements and achieve up to 12 credits towards NCEA Levels 2 or 3.

Full Vocational Pathways Award

The Full Vocational Pathway Award is suitable if you have a clearer idea of a career pathway you want to explore. You can get up to 23 credits towards your NCEA Levels 2 or 3.  Speak to your school’s Career Advisor or Gateway Coordinator or contact Careerforce for more information.

The Inspiring Heroes book features 15 careers in the health and wellbeing sectors:

Download Inspiring Heroes book

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.