Inwork is one of New Zealand’s largest private providers of welfare to work programmes. We share the Ministry of Social Development’s vision of helping New Zealanders to be safe, strong and independent, assisting people to meet their work and financial income needs so they can plan for their future and participate more fully in the social and economic life of the communities they are involved in.
We have been a dedicated provider for the Ministry of Social Development (MSD), mentoring, training and supporting beneficiaries to increase their work-readiness, place them in meaningful employment and support them post placement so they sustain employment and no longer rely on a benefit.
Founded in 2001 by Managing Director Adrian Roberts, Inwork has branches throughout New Zealand as well as a mobile fleet to service remote areas.
Since 2001, the Inwork team has helped over 70,000 disadvantaged New Zealanders gain skills to find work they are passionate about, setting them on the path to economic independence.
We support our clients and employers to ensure employment placements from Inwork are a success, and result in employment retention. In doing so, we have created a reputation of trust and integrity.
We have always been committed to customising our successful programmes in order to increase work readiness and provide ongoing, individualised support, resulting in excellent employment outcomes, and benefit exits for our clients. Now in 2020, we have further adapted our programme to make it more convenient and accessible for our clients, even during lockdown. Our adaptation, although in part driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, is also in response to the needs and desires of our younger cohort of clients, who prefer digital forms of contact, rather than via email and phone calls.
Inwork continues to successfully deliver employment programmes which we now offer in a blended learning environment. Participants from throughout New Zealand are able to access our online training platform at a time that suits them. Our training modules are followed up with facilitated sessions with dedicated, training consultants in an online classroom environment and as one-on-one support as required by each individual client. While our regional consultants are available for client support, they now have additional time to concentrate on further building our community, support, trainer and employer networks.