Building Brighter Futures

A programme for sole parents to gain employment skills and overcome barriers with a goal to enter or return to the workforce

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Employment programme for Sole Parents - Support for up to 32 weeks

This programme is aimed to be user friendly for single parents. We do our best to work around school hours and childcare so that no one will be disadvantaged. We will meet with you on a one on one basis and work with you to put together an employment plan that incorporates career and life goals that are achievable.

Our Employment consultants will help you with:

Barriers or fears connected to work:

  • Finding childcare

  • Budgeting – how to use banking as an advantage

  • Transitioning to work – The advantages

  • Being a good role model for your whanau

  • Driver licencing – aiming towards you next licence if applicable

  • Placing you into an employment environment that is right for you

  • Ongoing support once employment has been gained

  • Overcoming the fear of your first day – settling in

Job preparation, searching and making the most of employment opportunities:

  • CV Development – The skills to continue to build as you go

  • Application and cover letter writing

  • How to job search

  • Interview techniques

  • How to get referees

  • Online tools

  • Understanding IRD and family tax credits

Entering or returning to the workforce:

  • The 90 day trial – what does this mean

  • Understanding your contract

  • How to be a good employer

  • Dealing with sick children and work

  • Work life balance

  • Overcoming the fear of your first day – settling in

Once you are working we will give ongoing support for 12 months. You can call us with any questions or fears. HLC wants you to stay in work and we will make sure we are available if you need us.

As a client you will also have a choice to be part of classroom training such as:

  • First Aid

  • Work place health and safety

  • Calculations

  • Goal setting

  • Motivation

  • Computer access and assistance


  • Registered at Work and Income and in receipt of a Sole Parent Benefit

  • No specific qualifications required

  • All applicants will be interviewed

Employment Opportunities

We will match you to sustainable employment that suits your skills.