Employment and Youth Transition

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Employment Services

This is where the Blind Low Vision NZ Work Ready programme applies and is specifically designed to support Blind Low Vision NZ clients of working age to prepare for employment, develop a career plan, provide professional development, interview skills, mentoring and networking opportunities toward employment.

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Work Ready Programme

This is the organizational strategy for BLVNZ job seekers, which includes; networking, career development and support with defining pathways for study and beyond. It may also include enabling connections with external partners and providers to ensure that the best employment outcome is achieved for the clients.

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What is Youth Transition?

This programme applies to students who are likely to be between the ages of 16 and 21, and who are moving from BLENNZ  into the adult services provided by Blind Low Vision NZ. There may also be a cohort of youth clients between the ages of 18 and 25 years who are transitioning from mainstream high schools into either employment or study.

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Current Vacancies

If you are seeking employment or looking for a change in your job, why not check out the BLVNZ vacancies currently available throughout New Zealand. These opportunities are being updated regularly and you just never know when there might be something suited to you.

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Support Grants

If you are looking for potential funding avenues for technology, education or recreation, check out the Blind Low Vision NZ support grants and see whether there is something here for you.

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MSD Support Funds

You may be allegeable to access up to $16,900 annually for support relating to the associated costs of your employment, this may include transportation costs, technology and personal assistance. For details on criteria and application form.

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TM Scheme

The Total Mobility “TM” scheme is designed to help people with disabilities to access various forms of public transport and taxi services at a subsidized rate. The Total Mobility Scheme is funded in partnership with local and central government and assists eligible people with a disability by making transport options affordable by paying part of their fare.

There is an initial assessment and application process to determine a person’s eligibility to access the TM scheme, this also includes a current set up cost of $30 for producing the TM card, however once you have this approved there is no requirement for annual or subsequent renewals of your card.

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The New Zealand Disability Support Network (NZDSN)

NZDSN was formed in 2010 and is a network of not-for-profit organisations and some for-profit NGOs that provide support services to disabled people and includes a number of Supported Employment Providers. There may be some useful resources for you to access so click on the link below for more information on what NZDSN can offer you.

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ACHIEVE

Achieve advocates and lobbies for people with a range of impairments who are transitioning into or studying in post-secondary education or training. For example; at a university, polytechnic, private training establishment, wananga or college of education.  It you are thinking about life after high school and further study options, check out the achieve website and resources below.

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What Our Clients Say

“Blind Low Vision NZ helped give me stability and the opportunities that have helped set me up for life. It means so much to me. Thank you.” – Ese Aumalesulu