1 May 2018: The Government announced in January 2018 that the Better Public Services programme would not continue in this form. These pages have been archived.

Work and Income is focusing on giving more help to, and intervening earlier with people who have complex problems, to support them off a benefit and into work

Trade Employment Placement (Trade up Limited – Bay of Plenty region)

The Trade Employment Placement service commenced in January 2014. The service is provided by experienced industry trainers with strong employer networks and delivers highly individualised support to at risk youth (18-24) Jobseeker Support clients to gain employment in the trades-related sector. The service involves work readiness and job search support as well as employment placement and post placement support including support into apprenticeships. 88 clients commenced participation on the service in the six months to June 2014. As at 30 September 2014, 44 (72 per cent) of the 61 clients that had completed the service had achieved an employment outcome resulting in an exit from benefit while one further client had achieved part-time employment. The remaining 17 clients continue to participate on the service, while this year a further 22 have commenced participation on the service which has now been extended from the Western Bay of Plenty to the whole region.

Drive2Work (YMCA South and Mid Canterbury - Southern region)

Drive2Work is a Training for Work programme delivered in Timaru to clients at risk of long-term benefit dependency. The programme comprises up to 13 weeks of skills training including support with driver licensing, employment placement primarily in the transport sector, and post placement support. As at 30 September 2014, 45 (68 per cent) of the 66 clients that had completed the programme had achieved employment, and a further six (9 per cent) of clients had achieved part-time employment. The remaining 16 clients continue to participate on the programme, while a further 22 have commenced participation this financial year.

Working with employers

Master Painters In the 2013/14 financial year, we have had a contract with Morrison McDougall Limited to train youth for Master Painter Association members and allied construction trades. This programme began as a trial residential programme with the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre and has since become a regionally based hands-on training programme strongly supported by the construction industry, with suppliers providing materials and equipment for the participants. This programme continues to be run under variation into the 2015 financial year, completing November 2014. To date there have been 92 participants on the programme with 30 employed, and 45 currently participating from multiple regions.

Summerset (Retirement Village operator) Summerset have 18 villages throughout the country, and after trialling listing vacancies with Work and Income in October 2013, five clients were successfully placed with them. At the same time a Skills for Industry, Industry Partnership programme was initiated to assist Summerset and our clients’ transition into employment. Summerset has subsequently decided not to make claim under this contract, saying that they are appreciative of the free professional recruitment service and the standard of our client referrals. To the end of September, 22 clients had been placed with the employer and ongoing straight recruitment is managed nationally through an Employer Services Account Manager.

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