Supporting people into work

Tokotoko builds confidence and skills to support people into work within construction industries that are currently experiencing skill shortages. 

We do this through an intensive four week training programme featuring confidence building activities (e.g., orienteering, debating, caving, abseiling and fitness), targeted employment training (e.g.,CV & interviews, IT), certification opportunities (e.g., first aid, site safe, NCEA credits) and workplace visits.

Along with professional support, we provide mentoring and pastoral support throughout the programme. This is often takes place long after the clients have been placed into employment.

Local business employees deliver appropriate components of the training, serve as mentors to participants during the training period and, if appropriate, support participants journey to employment thereafter.

Tokotoko works closely with the Business Communities and the Ministry of Social Development to secure employment and interview opportunities for participants.


employment process

Tokotoko works closely with Work and Income staff to screen appropriate clients for our training. Once the clients are accepted, Tokotoko staff interview clients in order to complete consent forms, enrolment pack and collect photos for their personal files. The enrolment pack includes a needs assessment that's used to determine the professional and personal needs for each client.


training modules

  • Budgeting and Financial planning

  • Site Safe, Confined Space, Height Safe, Fork Lift Licence and ticketing

  • Personal care (hygiene, dressing appropriately, etc)

  • Pastoral care and support during training and post employment placement)

  • CV writing and Interviewing techniques

  • Fitness - staff and local businesses to provide Cross-fit training

  • Drug Testing and Pre-employment Ready For Work Warrant Of Fitness

  • Personal Growth and well-being, motivation

  • Outdoor education

  • Job hunting and support

  • Cooking

  • NCEA Level 1/2



Clients are expected to make their way to the Work and Income Office in Walton Street. A van will transport them from there to the Tokotoko facility in Onerahi in the mornings and bring them back in the afternoons.

Pick up time: 9.00am Drop off time: 3.00pm

Would you like to find out more? 

For more details on upcoming enrolment dates, client suitability or a overview of week by week activities, please fill out the form below and our staff will be in touch shortly to run through your questions.

Alternatively, you can call Samu now on 021 442 221. 

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