Toolkit: Preparing for work

Apprenticeship

Your toolkit to help your young person prepare to leave school and go to work.

Once young people have decided to do workplace training, an apprenticeship or a job they’ll need help with job hunting and preparing for work.

1. Finding an apprenticeship

Apprenticeships enable your young person to gain practical skills in a trade and a New Zealand Certificate qualification while they’re earning.

To find an apprenticeship they need to:

  • choose the trade they wish to work in
  • contact the trade’s industry training organisation
  • find an employer
  • provide identification such as a passport or birth certificate
  • provide an IRD tax number
  • sign a training agreement with their employer and industry training organisation.

You can help them find an employer by asking friends and family if they need an apprentice. You can also help them to get their CV, identification and IRD tax number together.

Paying fees

Apprentices may be eligible for fees-free study for two years. If not eligible, they may need to get a student loan to pay for training fees. This should be discussed with their employer as sometimes they can help.

2. Finding workplace training

Some young people can be hired as trainees. They study the qualifications for the career while they’re working. Usually the study is paid for by the organisation. An example of this is an anaesthetic technician or medical laboratory technician.

Young people apply for these trainee positions in the same way as for any job.

You can help them to:

  • search for trainee roles online
  • create a CV using our CV builder
  • write good cover letters.

3. Finding a job

Here are some ways you can help your young person find a job.

Register as a job seeker with Work and Income

Is your young person 18 years of age or older? As a job seeker they can attend seminars on writing a CV and looking for work. They can apply for Work and Income listed job vacancies and apply for subsidies for costs to do with starting work, such as interview clothes.

They don't need to receive a benefit to get help from Work and Income to get a job.

Create a good CV

Help your young person use our CV Builder to create a CV and check it for grammar and spelling mistakes.

Write effective cover letters

Encourage your young person to use our tips and templates to create effective cover letters.

Help with interview preparation

Role play interviews and help your young person make a list of questions they can ask the interviewers.

Pick out interview and work clothes

Help your young person pick out appropriate interview clothes. Give feedback on their presentation and body language.

Ask your friends and family to help

Spread the word through your networks that your young person is looking for work.

4. Going on a gap year overseas

A gap year is when young people decide to work and travel overseas before returning to New Zealand to study. It can be a great way to get work experience and boost confidence. Many countries offer short-term work opportunities, such as Camp America in the USA, or work visas for up to two years.

You can help them to:

  • search for work opportunities overseas
  • check if a work opportunity is safe
  • prepare their CV’s, references and applications
  • prepare their passport and visas
  • talk to Inland Revenue (IRD) about tax while overseas
  • talk to their bank about banking while overseas
  • book travel and get health shots
  • find accommodation overseas. 

5. Flatting or boarding

Your young person may need to leave home to be closer to work. You can help them find a flat or flatmates online on sites such as Trade Me.

Your young person will need to have:

  • at least four weeks rent for the deposit
  • bond for power and internet connections
  • money to hire appliances such as washing machines
  • a heater
  • furniture and bedding
  • staple kitchen items, such as oil and cooking utensils
  • cleaning gear.

Updated 23 Jan 2019