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Traffic lights won’t stop Workbridge mahi

Whether face-to-face or working remotely, the Workbridge mahi to help jobseekers into employment remains undimmed.

It may be red and orange traffic lights in the battle against Covid but the Workbridge mahi to bridge barriers and help people into jobs remains at green.

Largely funded by the Ministry for Social Development, Workbridge must comply with the Government’s recently announced mandatory vaccination order for health and disability sector workers.

As part of that, Workbridge has required all of its staff to be vaccinated.

There will be impacts for jobseekers and employers as well, but the commitment to find work for disabled people and others facing various barriers remains unchanged.

In line with that, the non-for-profit organisation has issued its own guidelines around dealing with jobseekers, employers and others while the country gets a handle on the pandemic.

Under the health order Workbridge will need proof of jobseekers’ vaccination status for interactions with its employment consultants.

Under the Green traffic light of the Covid Protection Framework (CPF), Workbridge offices will be open and there will be little difference in the way both vaccinated and unvaccinated jobseekers are dealt with.

Face-to-face service can occur for both, with the only restrictions for those not vaccinated being that both parties will be masked and one-metre distancing observed.

Also, Job Clubs and other seminars will be done by Zoom or Teams meetings.

Workbridge will still be helping all jobseekers and employers at the Orange and Red settings, but with a few changes.

Under Orange, Workbridge offices are open by appointment only and face masks are encouraged for face-to-face meetings between vaccinated jobseekers and their employment consultants. Under Red, masks are required and offices are open, by appointment only, for vaccinated jobseekers, agents, or employers.

Under both Orange and Red settings, Workbridge will work just as hard to help unvaccinated jobseekers but will offer a remote service.

For more detail on how Workbridge will interact with jobseekers, employers and agents during all stages of the CPF, see below:

Under Green: 

Workbridge offices are open, we work normally. We make use of community spaces and MSD offices freely, following their guidelines and controls.

Vaccinated jobseekers:

  • Face coverings are encouraged indoors.
  • Face-to-face meetings occur with jobseekers.
  • Employment consultants work in the community using masks where appropriate.
  • Job Club and seminars can occur.

Unvaccinated jobseekers:

  • Face coverings are mandatory.
  • Face-to-face service for unvaccinated jobseekers can occur so long as both parties are masked, and one metre of distancing can be maintained.
  • Job club and seminars occur using Zoom or Teams.

Under Orange:

Workbridge offices are open by appointment only and community centres and MSD can be used following their guidelines and controls. Face-to-face visits only with employers who require vaccinated employees.

Vaccinated jobseekers:

  • Face coverings are encouraged indoors.
  • Face-to-face meetings occur with jobseekers.
  • Employment consultants work in the community using masks where appropriate.
  • Job Club and seminars can occur – face masks preferred.
  • One-metre distancing must be maintained.

Unvaccinated jobseekers:

  • Remote service for unvaccinated jobseekers offered.
  • Remote service for employers/businesses who do require vaccinated employees.

Under Red:

Workbridge offices are closed to the public (appointment only for vaccinated jobseekers, agents, or employers) and community centres and MSD can be used following their guidelines and controls – masks are mandatory. Face-to-face visits only with employers who require vaccinated employees.

Vaccinated jobseekers:

  • Face coverings are required indoors.
  • Face-to-face meetings occur with jobseekers.
  • Employment consultants work in the community using masks.
  • Job Club and seminars can occur – face masks required.
  • One-metre distancing must be maintained.

Unvaccinated jobseekers:

  • Remote service offered for unvaccinated jobseekers.
  • Remote service for employers/businesses who do not require vaccinated employees.