Working in the Disability Support Sector

Working in the Disability Support Sector Working in disability support services is a rewarding career that helps people with disabilities and their families achieve goals to maximise their independence.

Careerforce offers a range of pathways for disability support workers to upskill and ensure their practices are aligned with the vision and principles of Enabling Good Lives. Whether you are new to the sector or want to explore on-the-job training, Careerforce can help find a disability support qualification right for you.

Explore our Qualifications for the Disability Support Sector

We offer a range of qualifications for support workers in a disability setting or working with disability support service users. These qualifications range from entry level through to advanced specialist qualifications.


Support your Disability Services Workforce with On-the-Job Training

Careerforce can support you to enhance your workforce’s skills and knowledge through our well resourced, on-the-job training programmes.

A Careerforce Workplace Advisor will work with you to determine which qualifications are right for your workforce. Together, we’ll develop a comprehensive training plan and discuss steps to set up your training. We will also guide you through funding opportunities to support the growth of your employees, such as Te Pou Training Grants.


We work with clients who have
complex needs, so we must
make sure that we are passing
on to our support workers
the tools that are right for the
role they are completing.

Sally Brown | Healthvision Assessor and Brain Injury Rehabilitation Apprentice

Support News & Articles

15 October 2019

Introducing the Disability Advisory Group

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20 September 2019

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5 September 2019

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4 July 2019

Career move for ‘stay at home’ mum paid off

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21 June 2019

Working with heart for people with disabilities

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23 May 2019

Mum’s quest to upskill herself for son born wit...

Margot decided to upskill for her son with disability. She has completed Health and Wellbeing L3 ...
8 May 2019

Staff develop skills to help individuals live t...

Careerforce supports professional development of disability support workers using PATH technique,...
4 February 2019

Looking after yourself – essential to providing...

It is increasingly common across the health and wellbeing sector for the workforce to pull multip...
News Event
15 November 2018

Industry training is the better investment

'Via industry training, we are investing in skilled and passionate people,' says Careerforce Inte...
6 November 2018

New Employer Newsletter – Skills for Good

We’d like to introduce the first issue of our newsletter for employers – Skills for G...
16 October 2018

Workplace literacy and numeracy unlocks employe...

When Grant Taylor, Service Manager Health & Disability at Lifewise Homecare Services, introdu...
27 February 2018

Disability not stopping Wellington Support Work...

When Jenna Maguren first entered the doors of Community Connections in Lower Hutt in 2008 it was ...

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