Work and Income provides a range of employment and training assistance to help clients to gain paid employment.
This assistance may be of varying intensity. Less intensive assistance includes:
- one-to-one help with job search and preparation to enter employment
- referrals of clients to vacancies notified to Work and Income.
More intensive employment and training assistance includes:
- employment or training assistance that helps clients to prepare for work, to find jobs or to enter employment
- subsidies (paid for a limited period) that help employers with the costs of wages paid to clients, training, mentoring and in-work support
- assistance for clients to set up their own businesses, including access to business development advice and to subsidies (paid for a limited period) that help with initial capital requirements and operating costs
- Transition to Work assistance, which helps clients to meet the costs of finding, taking up and staying in paid employment.
Were any work services introduced specifically in response to the recession?
In July 2009, Work and Income introduced:
- Job Ops
- Job Ops with Training
- Community Max.
All these programmes were closed to new participants on 30 June 2011. However, some clients who began participating in these programmes before 30 June 2011 continued to do so during the year ended June 2012.
These services were replaced by Job Streams from 1 July 2012.
Who is eligible?Top
Work and Income helps a range of people to find and stay in paid work.
To qualify for less intensive assistance, a client must be:
- a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident (ie not be in New Zealand unlawfully or on a temporary permit)
- ordinarily resident in New Zealand
- of working age (18–64 years)
- actively seeking or preparing for work.
In addition, to qualify for more intensive work assistance, a client must generally be:
- in receipt of a main benefit
- disadvantaged in the local labour market and at risk of long-term benefit receipt.
Where appropriate, intensive work services may be provided to clients who are aged under 18, or who are not receiving a main benefit, but who are:
- disadvantaged in the local labour market
- at risk of long-term benefit receipt.
Who can receive intensive work services because of disadvantage in the labour market?
A range of factors is taken into account in determining whether a person can receive intensive work services because they are disadvantaged in the labour market. These factors include:
- barriers the person may have to taking up employment
- length of any previous time in receipt of a benefit
- circumstances contributing to the person being unemployed (eg redundancy, recent release from prison)
- type of employment the person is seeking
- local labour market conditions (what is realistic for the person)
- the person’s skill levels and qualifications and the relevance of these to local labour market opportunities
- length of any previous time out of the labour market resulting in a lack of labour market experience.
Can people already working receive work services?
Work services may also be provided to support people who are currently working. These work services are provided to help the client to:
- seek another job (eg where redundancy is pending), or
- keep the job they are in (eg where health or disability issues may otherwise threaten the person’s future in the job).
Work and Income offers a range of other services to help job seekers into paid employment. These services include job search skills, work confidence programmes and opportunities for on-the-job training.