Employment Services 
in Schools

Supporting local young people to achieve their employment goals.

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Explore your next steps once you leave school


If you're a student with a health condition, disability, or other barriers to employment, speak to our experienced team for support in your journey to work.

We help students to prepare for work, gain work experience and find a job.

How we can help:

  • Identify your career goals to find out what work is a good fit for you
  • Connect you to local employers who want to support youth
  • Facilitate 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
  • Create your CV, cover letter and practice interview skills

APM works with your family/whānau/aiga, your school and broader health and support networks. This service is fully funded.

Eligibility criteria 

To participate in the Employment Service in Schools, you need to:

  • 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.

Submit your details to receive more information about Employment Service In Schools. Required fields are marked with an asterisk (*)

Success stories

See how job seekers have achieved their employment goals with support from APM Work Assist.

How James found the right employment

Blake's support on his path to work

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