Local Support Services for Jobseekers
seeking work and would like assistance to get prepared there are a number of
agencies locally that can help
- Eastbay REAP is an education-focused community and social development organisation. In the local Ōpōtiki office the team can provide you with advice, support and coaching in a number of areas. Pop in to talk to one of the team who will be happy to help with any enquiry you may have. REAP also deliver the Ōpōtiki Community Driver Mentor Programme. Our office hours are 8.30am - 3.30pm Monday to Thursday, and Friday 8.30 – 3pm. Contact them via: 93 Church Street, Ōpōtiki 3122. Phone 07-3155790, Freephone 0800-432-7327, email email@example.com.
- Y2Hub runs 12 week course for youth (16-24 years old) becoming: work ready, confident and prepared to make it happen! We offer unit standards, life skills, and promote licensing. By celebrating success, Rangatahi inspire others to raise the bar on their own terms. If this is you visit Y2Hub - 115 Church Street, Ōpōtiki or ring 07 974 6055.
- Whakaatu Whanaunga Trust provide a variety of services available to anyone who may need some support, such as Whanau Support, Budgeting, CAYAD, Transitional Housing, Essential Repairs and He Poutama Rangatahi. He Poutama Rangatahi (Tuhono Mentoring) has a particular focus on supporting young people aged 16-24 years through one-on-one mentoring, into employment, or training and apprenticeships.
- Te Ara Tau programme is about reconnecting with your strengths, building on your beliefs of what you can do, and finding the motivation to fuel you to your next goal. This programme helps enhance your chances to work placement and is open entry. You can enquire at the Workforce Development Centre training hub at 122 Saint John Street, Ōpōtiki or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Te Tāhuhu o Te Rangi is the town’s ‘third space’ for community members to just be, an inviting space away from home and work. Hang out and read. Borrow resources from books to gadgets. Or to use our Wifi to BYO or use our computers.We offer a range of services to help empower the community in whatever it is they are trying to achieve. Whether it be helping to write a CV, distributing affordable Skinny JUMP modems, playing on the virtual reality headsets, getting creative on any one of our digital goodies in the Makerspace or getting help to set up a new phone/device. For those needing a study space or to meet clients we are also a venue with free bookable meeting rooms. Pop in and see our friendly staff at the corner of King and Church St, Ōpōtiki, between 10am-5pm Monday to Friday, and 9am-1pm Saturdays. Ph: 07 315 6170, Txt: 027 807 3990, Email: email@example.com.
- Toi EDA Driver Operator Training assists unemployed or underemployed members of the Eastern Bay of Plenty communities to access truck, forklift, and wheels-tracks-rollers training, enabling them to seek sustainable employment across the region. We work with local employers, schools, social service providers, iwi, and trainers to facilitate pathways to employment to achieve a positive outcome for all concerned. Some scholarships are available. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Connected was launched in August 2020 to help New Zealanders find government support for employment, education and training, including the support created in response to COVID-19. Visit the Connected website for more information or phone 0800 264 737 (Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm). You can also pop into the local Connected centre on 24 Pyne Street, Whakatane (MSD Employment Centre) and speak to the Employment Liaison Advisor: Latdavone Saengon.
- The Ministry of Social Development delivers social services and assistance to individuals, whānau, and communities. We work directly with New Zealanders to improve their social wellbeing. We’re here to help you financially if you’re on a low income or not working, support you into work, and help you with housing. For more information go to www.workandincome.govt.nz.