Work for Workbridge

Workbridge is the largest New Zealand-owned employment service for people with a disability or health condition.

Our Philosophy

For many, a career at Workbridge is not just a job, it’s a calling.

If you join our organisation you will be playing a key role in helping others to build their confidence, overcome barriers to employment and find their own jobs.

That job represents the achievement of a huge milestone for many Workbridge clients. For some, it’s the start of a wonderful new life.

Whether as an employment consultant in one of our many offices around the country or in one of many roles supporting that great work, what you do will contribute to that life-changing outcome.

It will make a substantial difference in many lives.

Our Values

At Workbridge, we are the kind of people who like to walk the talk. We work with disabled people and others facing barriers to finding meaningful and sustainable employment.

Those people are reflected in our own staff, where 40 per cent have reported some form of disability.

But like many of the employers we work with, we like to focus on your abilities, rather than perceived disabilities.

Along with authenticity, we also value excellence, innovation, belief and resilience.

All of that and more is important to honour our mission: delivering inclusive, successful employment opportunities.

Our Diversity

We value the different perspectives and ideas that come from working with people from all walks of life – because we believe that a wide range of experience and points of view are critical to delivering the best we can for our customers.

We recognise the importance of accessibility and we strive to accommodate the access needs of current and future employees.

Our recruitment decisions are firmly based on each person’s qualifications/experience and organisation fit.

Our Benefits

Nobody can live on love and good works alone. That’s why we offer a competitive salary package plus a number of other benefits including additional leave, up to 4% KiwiSaver and corporate discounts.

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  • Meaningful work
  • 38 hour working week
  • Regular business hours
  • Additional leave (3 days) at Christmas and a day off for your birthday
  • Alongside your salary, we will match up to 4% KiwiSaver contributions (for permanent employees)

Wellbeing initiatives

  • Access to our Employee Assistance programme
  • Free annual flu vaccination
  • Corporate discounts including medical insurance, Specsavers, Lumino dental and others

We want to make sure you have all the tools and support you need to grow your career and to help us meet our goals.

  • From the first day you will begin our online induction programme and on-the-job learning
  • Our front-line roles are designed to support and promote career progression
  • All our front-line staff have CDANZ professional membership and the opportunity to work towards a qualification

Our Roles

Rewa Tane

Employment Consultant, Hawke’s Bay

What is your role and why did you choose this role/career?

My role is as an Employment Consultant, jobseeker focused. I’ve always been passionate about helping others in our community, even if it is to just make them smile when they’re having a bad day. I see a lot of poverty and intergenerational trauma in my community and that has led many to suffer depression and anxiety. I know personally a lot of my own whānau struggle to leave the house and find employment that they are 100% comfortable with. So this role was my opportunity to put my foot in the door to really be able to help those around me.

What background experience, qualifications, etc, did you have coming into this role?

I have never been in a role similar to this. My background is education, but I would say my passion and motivation helped me immensely to gain knowledge to be able to support those around me, plus I work with a great team who help me a lot.

What does a normal day/week look like for you?

Meetings with referral contacts and working alongside jobseekers to prepare them for employment.

What is the most rewarding thing about your job?

It is the fact that I can work alongside others to support them in their journey of finding sustainable employment. I find it rewarding when we can go the extra mile like helping them gain licences, supporting them with support funds if need be. Even seeing their smile and relief when they gain employment is rewarding.

What is the most challenging thing about your job?

Keeping up with the admin side of this role can be challenging at times, especially creating Individual Employment Plans. Also understanding different types of disabilities, especially if you aren’t familiar with them. Also, trying to understand how a client is feeling and when to know to change the subject if the questions are becoming unbearable to them.

What skills do you think are most valuable to have for this role?

Patience, motivation, the ability to work individually, passion in helping others, social skills.

What development opportunities have you had at Workbridge?

A lot of seminars I have attended since joining Workbridge have been great. They have expanded my knowledge and given me tools to better understand my role.

Bonnie Mitchell

Human Resources, Wellington

What is your role and why did you choose this role/career?

My role is HR Advisor. I took on this role as it is an HR generalist role and it allows me to be exposed to all areas of HR. It is very important to me to work for an Organisation that I believe in and holds the same values that I do so Workbridge was a perfect fit for me.

What background experience, qualifications, etc, did you have coming into this role?

My background is in Administration and Payroll. I completed a Bachelor of Business with a Major in HR in 2015 and am currently completing a grad cert in Health and Safety.

What does a normal day/week look like for you?

My role is very varied and there are many key responsibilities for an HR Advisor, policy writing, employment relations, maintaining employee records etc. The people and culture team at Workbridge follow an HR Account Management approach, so I work closely with four of our RSM’s supporting them with all their HR needs. One area that takes up a lot of my time particularly at this time of year is recruitment. I take an active role assisting Managers with their recruitment needs, interviewing applicants and reviewing CV’s and cover letters. I also manage Health and Safety for Workbridge so I spend a lot of time ensuring our H and S processes and procedures are followed and chairing the Health and Safety Committee.

What is the most rewarding thing about your job?

There are many rewards in this role. I love it when we take on a new employee and a new person gets to join the Workbridge team. I also really enjoy working on Health and Safety as keeping our staff safe while they work is very important to me.

What is the most challenging thing about your job?

Trying to get everything done that I want to do in the time I have each week!

What skills do you think are most valuable to have for this role?

Strong communication skills. Having a willingness to collaborate with others and work as a team member. A good understanding of employment legislation. Compassion and patience.

What development opportunities have you had at Workbridge?

I joined Workbridge as an HR Administrator/Assistant Advisor. I was promoted to HR Advisor after approximately 18 months. Workbridge is supporting me to complete my Graduate Certificate in Health and Safety and have provided me with many opportunities to complete further training in Health and Safety so that I am able to do my job well.

Trudy Kerr

Operation Support Team

What is your role and why did you choose this role/career?

I am the Practice Specialist within our Operations Support Team. Having worked as an Employment Consultant and a Team Leader, I have gained a broad knowledge of best practice processes and our contractual obligations and this role allows me to share this knowledge and ensure our staff have the confidence and understanding to exceed in their role.

What background experience, qualifications, etc, did you have coming into this role?

Three years as an Employment Consultant, one year as a Senior Employment Consultant, four years as Team Leader and six months in the Quality Assurance Team.

What does a normal day/week look like for you?

No two days or weeks are the same, however some of my tasks need to be done daily, i.e. checking and approving milestones submitted; helping to answer our 0508 national calling number; responding to emails, etc. I provide both one-on-one and group training and support to Employment Consultants, updating and creating resources around process and practice.

What is the most rewarding thing about your job?

When I see the evidence of improvement in the quality of the work that Employment Consultants are submitting and the Employment Consultants acknowledge that they are now able to work more efficiently.

What is the most challenging thing about your job?

Helping Employment Consultants to change old habits.

What skills do you think are most valuable to have for this role?

You need to be very patient, a good listener, have a good eye for detail and be a really good communicator.

What development opportunities have you had at Workbridge?

Not only have I moved into the roles previously mentioned, I have also attended a wide range of training and development courses that have helped me to grow my knowledge and understanding to assist me while working within the disability sector.

Still got questions?

How do I search for and apply for jobs?

Our jobs are advertised on the Work for us page and Seek.

When you find a role you are interested in, click “Apply now” to create your profile and upload your cover letter and CV.

When you register on our Work for us page, you can sign up for job alerts to ensure you are the first to hear about new vacancies.

How do I withdraw my application?

Login to “My applications” and select the job you want to withdraw from, and follow the instructions. If you have accidentally withdrawn an application, please contact us

I’ve applied for a job, when will I hear an outcome?

It may take a few weeks to get an update on your application.

If you are shortlisted for a role, you will be contacted by phone or email to discuss next steps. Unsuccessful applicants are informed via email or phone.

Can I apply for more than one job at a time?

Yes, you can apply for multiple roles. If you are interested or able to work in more than one location, but not all locations have vacancies, please specify this in your cover letter.

What can I expect from the application process?

Following an application, our selection process may include:

  • Telephone pre-interview
  • Video or in-person interview with the hiring manager and a panel
  • Written Exercise
  • Behavioural/competency-based interview questions
  • Psychometric tests eg personality profile or comprehension testing
  • Reference checks
  • Ministry of Justice check (and Police vetting for some roles)
  • Compliance checks (eg professional registration with relevant NZ Board, degree certificate etc)

Does Workbridge accept overseas applications?

Yes we do. You will need to already have the legal right to live and work in New Zealand. The only way to live and work in New Zealand permanently is if you are a New Zealand

citizen or residence class visa holder. If you only have a work visa we can offer you fixed-term employment, but not a permanent position.