Newsletter: No. 3 - March 2016
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The Training and Workforce Development Fund provides financial support to those working in the Disability Sector to undertake training related to their field of work. It is open to staff members of organisations who are contracted by the Ministry of Social Development to provide employment, participation and inclusion services

Inclusive NZ administers the Fund on behalf of the Ministry of Social Development. To find out more about the Fund, including criteria and how to apply, click through to the 
Inclusive NZ website.
Do you have an issue you are grappling with in your organisation and would like the opportunity to work through it with an experienced colleague who can provide support and guidance?

Thanks to the Fund, organisations that meet the criteria have the opportunity to work with a mentor to help them address such issues.

Areas of assistance may include, but are not confined to:
  • Guidance and advice through periods of change
  • Problem solving
  • Restructuring
  • Service design and delivery
  • Integrating Enabling Good Lives principles
  • Facilitation/brokerage roles
To find out how Peer Mentoring works and to access an application form, please click on the button below:
Free Training Workshops. Registrations are now open for our: Facilitation Skills Workshop and our Developing Natural Supports Workshop. These workshops will be held in April, May and June,  and are free to frontline staff working in Employment and Participation and Inclusion Services. For dates, times, venues and to Register click on the green button below:
The Akina Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of its Micro-Enterprise Training Programme.

The aim of the programme is to enable providers to explore the opportunity of  micro-enterprise within their organisation.

Training will be based on the Micro-Enterprise Pilot Framework that The Akina Foundation and Inclusive NZ developed late last year, and participants can expect to engage in:
  • Learning though doing – You will take your organisation and your potential entrepreneurs through a process of learning through doing alongside another 2-5 organisations.
  • Learning at two levels – You will take the perspective of both how to design a micro-enterprise programme in your organisation and how to start and support a live micro-enterprise.
  • Group learning and individual coaching – You will attend three one-day workshops in Wellington and receive mentoring and support in-between.  
Programme cost:  $2,350+ GST per person. (Staff from MSD contracted Employment, Participation and Inclusion services may be eligible to have the fee covered by the Training and Workforce Development Fund.) 

Programme duration: The programme will commence in late April and conclude in June. It will include three one-day workshops held in Wellington

Spaces for the Programme are limited, so register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. To do this, simply send your name, organisation and contact details to or phone Inclusive NZ on 04 384 2000 by 8 April 2016.

For more information please email: or
Are you looking to upskill or undergo a refresher training course?

If so, take a look at the Disability Training Directory which was put together by Inclusive NZ and Te Pou. The Directory provides detailed information on specific workforce and leadership training opportunities that are available to those working in the disability sector.
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