Skills for Industry programmes
Our programmes are developed for industry by industry to meet current and future skill and labour shortages.
We'll work with you to develop a skilled workforce for your industry.
What is Skills for Industry?
Work and Income partners with employers and industry associations at a strategic level to provide you with trained staff and enable people to move towards sustainable employment.
To begin with, we aim to help you by understanding your business so we can fill your entry-level vacancies from our national job seeker pool.
You can list your vacancies with us or search our database for potential candidates. We help with:
- finding candidates who meet the requirements
- selection and
- in-work support.
Through our partnership with employers, we can identify existing or predicted skills gaps in the industry. We then work strategically with employers or associations to develop Skills for Industry programmes.
Programmes usually include Licences, Health and Safety, and may include getting a Site Safe certificate, privacy and security guidelines when working with customers, and company culture.
If candidates show themselves to be suited to the job and the company during the initial training period, they move from training (which is funded by Work and Income) into full employment.
On-the-job training and mentoring may continue for some time depending on your needs and the needs of your new employee.
How to become one of our partners
If your business is a small-to-medium enterprise, phone our Employer Line on 0800 778 008 or contact your local MSD Service Centre. Our work broker staff will discuss your needs with you and determine the best way to help, be it simply listing vacancies or developing a local Skills for Industry programme.
If you belong to an industry association or are part of a large national corporation, contact our national office by emailing:
Our Account Managers will discuss your needs and work out the best way to help so that you get a consistent nationwide service from us.
Together we can make finding staff easier for you and help unemployed New Zealanders get into jobs they can keep.