Nigel, Kai Manaaki, Waikato District Health Board 2022

Using my experience as an employer and working with businesses to help build more disability confident workplaces My work now is to bring a personalised service in the way of job-seeker support. 

I am committed to deliver great results and I will strive to provide a personal service to job-seekers that provides a great outcome. 

Selwyn Cook

The cost of services may be covered by a Ministry of Social Development contract agreement.  Please ask about eligibility. A waiting list may apply. 

In order to offer service to job seekers who have individual funding options Partner Facilitators may be able to provide the service. Pricing is as below. Please contact me for further details.

The services offered to Job-seekers are -

1: Job-Seeker Preparation, Job Search and Support Programme

Job-seeker Preparation & Support Programme

This three stage programme, for disabled job seekers with individualised funding,  to give job-seekers a helpful edge during their application process, to help them find work and to support them and their employer when they are in work.  

“As an employer for over twenty-seven years, at a time employing over 200 staff, I have interviewed and employed many people. I believe many of the traditional job search and application approaches can miss the mark in terms of what an employer is looking for”. 

“There are many employment opportunities available that could suit many job-seekers as no experience may be necessary just an enthusiastic willingness to do a great job”.

Should the need arise, through job placement or otherwise, to discontinue this programme 50% of the service fee plus GST will be refunded if the discontinuation happens during stage one. 

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Pricing: Job-seeker preparation and support programme

Term: 30 weeks

Service fee: $2,400 (outcome focused but based on up to two hours/week)

Vehicle contribution local: $100

Vehicle contribution other: By agreement

Plus GST

Stage 1: Job-seeker Preparation

Stage One is the preparation programme. This is delivered in three sessions and it requires the job-seeker to do some research and take some action. It includes some exercises. The focus is on particular job and employer matching. Each session would take about 90 minutes but this would depend on the job-seeker. The job-seeker would also need to allow some research time and some visit time to a workplace.  The third session includes completing an introductory video profile to introduce them to an employer.

Stage 2: Job-seeker job search

Stage Two is an actual job-search and connection service. I support the job-seeker by - 

Stage 3: In Work Support

Stage Three is an in-work support service. We support the now new employee and employer by - 

Have a look under the testimonial tab for reviews and case stories. 

Portia, LHS, Braemar Hospital 2022

Quote: Fiona Michel - Chief Executive Braemar Hospital, Hamilton.

“We are really excited to have Portia join our team. More employers need to look at why you can, rather than why you can't... Every experience I have had has been worth it. 

2: In Work Support

In Work Support

Sometimes it's important to have a support person while in a workplace role. I will stay connected with you and your employer to make sure the employment relationship is going well with no unaddressed concerns. See details of in work support in my job-seeker programme above. 

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Pricing: In Work support

Three months service $880 or other arrangement by agreement.

Vehicle contribution local: $100

Vehicle contribution other: By agreement

Plus GST

3: Continuing to Work Together

Continue to work together

Lets continue to work together. Be it for further job searching, in work support or just working to help build on your dreams and asperations for your life ahead, lets continue to work together. 

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Pricing: Continuing to work together

Term: Three months or six months

Service fee: $1,200: 3 months, $1,900: six months (Outcome focused but based on up to two  hours/week)

Vehicle contribution local: $100

Vehicle contribution other: By agreement

Plus GST

"Unless disabled people are intentionally included in employment they will be unintentionally excluded"

Optional Supporting Service: Professional CV writing

Managing Consultant – Kim Dyball: youthABLE.

A professional reading CV is important for the overall presentation of any job-seeker to an employer. Kim’s CV style reflects a balanced approach as it focuses on who people are and what they will bring to an employment relationship rather than just a focus on qualifications and previous experiences. 

Kim is a well known advocate for disability with a lived experience.  Her CV service includes an initial meeting to get to know the person and any background, formatting and preparation of the CV and a follow up consultation. 

Optional Supporting Workshop:  Controlling Fear By Believing in Yourself.

Two session workshop

FacilitatorChristine Sidwell: People Solutions. 

Have you ever not done something that you really wanted to do but you talked yourself out of it?  Or have you gone ahead and done it but you didn’t do your best ‘work’ at the interview or the audition or within a team?  You are not alone.  Literally our lives are made up of countless decisions and then actions that either take us closer to our dreams or further away from those dreams.  

I am recommending the services of an expert, through her own business People Solutions, who has been working closely with theatrical performers (having previously been one herself), athletes who have high potential to be international representatives, through to people in the workplace who are striving to perform at their best whoever they may be. Christine works closely with people to help them learn how they can bust through the barriers that are holding them back. 

Review - From a job-seeker parent 2023:

I recently attended Christine Sidwell’s “Controlling Fear” workshop as a support person. My adult son has an intellectual disability and is currently seeking employment. I was impressed with Christine’s knowledge, patience and skill in guiding my son. I believe she has made a real difference to his self-confidence and has given him easy strategies to help him in not only job interviews but in many situations that may challenge him.

Review - From a support worker of a job-seeker 2022:

WOW !! Yesterday was amazing- I’m so impressed after all these years in disability sector and this is the first training I’ve been to that’s addressed our thinking !!!!  Thank you Christine.  Andrew and I have already have a couple of reflections on what he was thinking about. Thanks again for yesterday and all you have put into this training package!

Review - A parent of a job-seeker: Thames 2022:

I see he is more confident having completed Christine Sidwells course. YippeeIn fact he is taking it seriously. 

Optional Follow Up session:  Controlling Fear By Believing in Yourself.

One follow up and refresher sessions

FacilitatorChristine Sidwell: People Solutions. 

This is a follow up and refresher session to Christine Sidwell's Controlling Fear by Believing in Yourself workshop. Completed by phone video or face to face.  A valuable session to bring to the front of mind again and reinforce the learnings from the first two session.