About Work Opportunities

Work Opportunities Trust is a supported employment agency, dedicated to helping people who are disadvantaged in the labour market due to disability find and maintain meaningful, paid employment.

Our specialists work one-on-one with individuals, without obligation, for as long as it takes to achieve an employment outcome that takes into account a job seeker’s goals, skills and vision for their career path.

We are committed to service delivery based on the 2018 Employment Support Practice Guidelines, as published by the New Zealand Disability Support Network.

Our Principles

Work Opportunities embraces the following principals and guidelines as defined by Asenz, now the Employment Advisory committee within the New Zealand Disability Support Network:

  1. Open waged employment: Supported Employment is based in the open labour market; same rewards, same conditions as everyone else.

  2. Individualised – based upon partnership: Supported Employment services are expected to meet a client’s individual support needs (whether employer or job seeker). They fundamentally represent a partnership.

  3. Direct access to employment pathways: Supported Employment services will facilitate direct access to the labour market (optimally within 4 weeks) developing and utilising a precise job/person match – without insistence upon prolonged “getting ready” activities or pre-vocational training.

  4. “Life match” through choices: Work is a means to an end and should complement and enhance a person’s life and well-being, and the achievement of their aspirations and potential.

  5. Ongoing workplace support: Support services and strategies are designed to achieve the best possible outcome for both employer and employee, and promote the development of natural supports, which may lead to the withdrawal of formal support services.

Affiliated to

  • Otago Chamber of Commerce
  • Otago Southland Employers Association
  • NZ Disabilities Support Network
  • Inclusive NZ
  • Platform

Mission Statement

To facilitate “supported employment” opportunities that promote choice, and are appropriate to the needs of people with disabilities.