Training and work

Last updated 1 October 2021

Fees-free initiatives

There are a range of government initiatives that support learners to access fees-free tertiary study or training. The Ministry of Education website provides an overview for the key fees-free initiatives supported by government and links to where you can find more information.


  • MSL training - MSL is a foundation training provider which supports people into employment or further their study. South Auckland is their biggest campus but they also have schools in Takapuna and Botany Downs. 
  • Manukau Institute of Technology - Their inclusive education programme is for anyone with learning or intellectual disabilities. Here you can develop your independent living skills and learn skills that can help you find work or further your education. Their tutors can support you with in-class and online learning in a way that suits your needs.
  • Attitude Trust Communications Scholarship - Attitude Trust offers scholarships to applicants living with disabilities. The scholarship is worth up to $5,000 per year (paid directly to your education provider or reimbursement against course related expenses) and will continue for the duration of your qualification (subject to you completing requirements). In addition, they offer one week of work experience with Attitude Pictures Ltd for each year of study.

    If you are a New Zealand resident, live with a disability and plan to study in the field of communications (e.g. media or digital studies), you are eligible to apply.


Auckland Council youth grants 

Some of council's grants can support your funding needs for higher education, apprenticeship, paying for conference trips and others. 


Job hunting

  • Workbridge is New Zealand’s largest free employment service for disabled people or those with an injury or health condition. We can help you connect with Workbridge by sending a referral to them or you can contact them directly.
  • Pasifika Consulting Ltd is an employment service that supports disabled Pasifika people find employment, write a resume, and prepare for interviews through coaching. Find out how they can help you by contacting them on 021 223 7816 or email


Mainstream employment programme

If you have a disability (including a mental health condition) and want to work, you can join the Ministry of Social Development's  (MSD) Mainstream Employment programme. The programme runs for up to one year and can help you get paid work experience and a long-term job.

Employment Service providers will work with employers to find or create a role that suits your skills and employment goals. They'll place you into the role as paid work experience and you'll train in the job.

MSD pay some of your wages and help with extra training or costs related to your disability and role.




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