If you're considering leaving school in the next two years you may be eligible for APM's Employment Services in Schools programme

APM supports students living with disabilities, health conditions, or other barriers in their journey towards employment. We help these students to prepare for work, gain work experience and find a job.

We create personalised employment plans and collaborate with students' existing school and learning supports to align their educational and employment goals. A dedicated Employment Consultant and Occupational Therapist work with students to identify and support these goals through training and employment opportunities.

Uncovering your best pathway to employment

What we do:

  • Explore your career identity to find what work is a fit for you
  • Identify your employment goals
  • Connect you with training or paid employment opportunities, including part-time work, while remaining at school
  • Build your confidence and help you decide your next steps after secondary school
  • Provide you with a dedicated employment consultant and access to our employer networks
  • Provide you with a dedicated Occupational Therapist to build your employability skills and vocational identity
  • Help you update or create your CV, job applications, cover letters, and practice interview skills

APM collaborates with your family/whānau/aiga, your school and broader health and support networks.

This service is fully funded. To find out if you are eligible for Employment in Schools, please complete this form:

To join the programme

Request a call

Call 0800 236 757, or email nzemploymentservices@apmworkcare.co.nz.


How the programme works

  • Joint initial assessment with Occupational Therapist and Employment Consultant
  • Programme plan that's tailored to each student
  • Quality of life measure completed
  • Skills for work and life (group)
  • Skill for work and life (individual)
  • Job sampling and Pre employment preparation
  • Paid work (after school/weekends)
  • Workplace assessment
  • Student has left school and is in paid work
  • Student has left school and transferred to Employment Placement and Inclusion programmer
  • Voluntary exit
  • Outcome measure re-done

Eligibility criteria 

People eligible to participate in the service will:

  • Be currently living in New Zealand
  • Be a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident
  • Be aged between 14 and 21 years (on enrolment)
  • Be neuro-diverse, have a disability, health condition, or mental health condition that is likely to persist for more than six months, and presents a barrier to employment
  • Be enrolled in a Secondary School or Kura Kaupapa Māori in New Zealand and be planning to leave school within two years of engaging with the service

The Employment Service in Schools is a pilot being run by the Ministry of Social Development in conjunction with the Ministry of Education and participating schools/Kura Kaupapa Māori.

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