December 2015
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The next round of the Training & Workforce Development Fund is open and Inclusive NZ (which administers the Fund on behalf of the Ministry of Social Development) is now accepting applications for training that will be completed by the 30 June 2016.

The Fund is open to staff members of organisations who are contracted by the Ministry of Social Development to provide employment, participation and inclusion services, and you can find more detailed information on the criteria and application process by clicking through to the 
Inclusive NZ website.

To access an application form, further information and FAQs go to the Inclusive NZ website.
The Training Fund has supported : 2582 staff from 97 organisations to undertake 3665 courses.
The end of the year is fast approaching, but before we head off now may be a good time to think about training opportunities for 2016.

To help you with this, the Disability Training Directory provides detailed information on specific workforce and leadership training opportunities that are available to those working in the disability sector.

The Directory was put together by Inclusive NZ and Te Pou and can be accessed by clicking through to the Te Pou Website.

If you would like to get a better idea of what areas of training were most accessed in the last training fund round take a look at the numbers below:
Training Categories Breakdown. 54% of people undertook Leadership/Management Courses, 24% of people took Disability Awareness/Services Development Courses, 17% of people took Community Building, Inclusion, Employment Support and 5% of people took safety/quality courses during the last training fund round.

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? Through the Training Fund we are now able to offer applicants the opportunity to work with a peer mentor. 

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
We will match you with an appropriate mentor based on your needs and requirements.

To find out more and to apply download an application form.

Interested in becoming a Peer Mentor?

Inclusive NZ is keen to build its pool of peer mentors.  If you are an experienced manager and/or practitioner who is currently working in an MSD contracted Employment, Participation and Inclusion service and willing to share your knowledge with colleagues in other organisations then we invite you to register as a Peer Mentor.  The Training Fund will reimburse your organisation for your time (up to 20 hours) as a mentor. 

To find out more and to register download a registration form.



In the new year we will be hosting training on Facilitation Skills and Developing Natural Supports. These will be practice level workshops for frontline staff that will be free for employment, participation and inclusion services.

There will be workshops held in: Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North or Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

Exact venues and dates of when these training sessions are to take place will be available shortly, so watch this space!
Inclusive NZ recently ran its first Webinar. The Webinar was hosted by Sara Burns from Triangle and was on Outcomes Star - an evidence based tool that helps and supports organisations to measure their service users progress towards self-reliance or other goals. 

We recorded the Webinar and this can be viewed on the Inclusive NZ You Tube channel by clicking on the link above.
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