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Work and Employment

If you have an impairment and are trying to find work there are employment services based in Christchurch who may be able to assist you.




Workbridge is a professional employment service for people with impairment, including people with experience of long-term injury or illness.

Click here for link to Workbridge website

Catapult Employment Services Trust


Catapult Employment Services Trust provide supported employmnet services to people who experience disability, illness or other barriers in finding paid work.

Click here for link to Catapult Empolyment Services Trust Web site

Epic Employment Services Inc


Epic Employment Services Inc. are specialist recruitment agency, working with injured job seekers in their re-entry into the workplace.

Click here for link to Epic Employment Services Inc

Vision Employment Support Services Charitable Trust

Vision Employment provides a one to one supported employment service individually designed to assist people with an impairment who are unemployed to locate and secure meaninful, paid and sustainable employment.

Click here for link to Vision Employment Support Services Charitable Trust


Other useful contacts

Click here to link through to Employment pages of the Aspire Canterbury Community Services Directory

Invalid and Disability Beneficiaries - PATHs (Providing Access to Health Solutions) Programme

The PATHs programme supports those beneficiaries who would like to return to work but face health barriers. PATHs brings together health and welfare in a team with co ordinators from Work and Income NZ, Pegasus Health and Mental Health Education Resource Centre (MHERC). It is funded by the Ministry of Social Development.

Mainstream Employment Pogramme - provides a package of subsidies, training and othe support to help people with significant disabilities get work

Assistance with workplace modification

You can apply for a Modification Grant if you require changes or equipment to your workplace to help you stay in or get work. The grant can pay for items such as visual aids, computer equipment, handrails and ramps or other changes to the workplace.

You may get a grant if:

Click here for a link to the WINZ site for more information

If you have an impairment and want to start your own business

The Self Start grant helps people with impairments become self-employed. It helps meet extra costs such as workplace modification, mentoring and phyical support, additional costs of transport or parking.

People who are receiving weekly compensation under the Injury Prevention, Rehabiltatation and Compensation Act 2001 (ACC) are not eligible.

For more information about Self Start click here for a link to the Work and Income web site.

People First New Zealand offer a Start Up Grant (2016) for people who have a learning disability. Click here to link to the People First Start Up grant page.

Information for employers

A productivity allowance (available through MSD Support Funds) is a useful short or medium term intervention that takes account of the skills and abilities that the employee brings to a workplace; and then provides support to the employer whilst the employee develops work skill and natural supports within the workplace.

Productivity allowances are different to wage subsidies available through Work and Income. Productivity allowance is targeted intervention specifically aimed at people who have a disabiltiy.

Who applies for the allowance? The person with a disability applies for the allowance.

Contact your local Workbridge Centre for more information W:  P: 0508 858 858








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