Getting a job on release

  • Are you looking for work but need help?
  • Do you find employers are saying no because you have a criminal conviction?
  • Do you want to work but are worried you don’t have the relevant skills?
  • Do you want to work but can only manage part time?

If your answer is YES to one or more of these questions, we can help!

Our Employment Services team is here to help you find a job. We support people who have (or are about to be) released from prison or are currently serving a community sentence. We have 35 Employment and Training Consultants (ETCs) nationwide to help you with all your employment and training needs. We understand how frightening and challenging it can be to try and find a job when you have a criminal conviction, so we are here to help and guide you every step of the way. We have worked with over 2,000 employers and have placed over 5,500 people with criminal convictions into jobs. Let us work with you and your probation officer or case manager to help you find a job that is right for you.

“I thought it would be hard getting a job as I was shut down previously, but the ETC helped me get a job and I haven’t looked back. I am looking at doing my apprenticeship in drainlaying now” – Jobseeker

What will you help me with?

We work with you and support you with:

  • Planning your career
  • Create and write your CV
  • Explain how to behave in a job interview
  • Explain how to prepare for a job interview
  • Discuss ways to disclose your offending
  • We will connect you with potential job opportunities
  • Support you with any relevant education and training you may need
  • Assist you with your driver licensing needs
  • Support to help you keep your job

For more information, read our Jobseeker pamphlet.

“This is a great service to help you get back on your feet if you find it hard to get a job or are nervous about interviews. It’s a great way to get your foot in the door somewhere and prove yourself. Really great people to work with that go out of their way to help you and place you in to work. They help with quotes, getting you to the interview and any other assistance you may need. This opportunity has been life changing for me and my family and I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for this service. You also have to put in 100 percent dedication in too. Great attendance and being reliable are huge and I have changed my whole lifestyle to be able to perform the way I have been and very thankful to have this opportunity to make something of myself and thanks to this service it can happen. They also helped me gain my full licence.” – Thomas, Jobseeker

Take the next step

If you are a family or whānau of someone in prison who is soon to be released, ask them if their case manager has referred them to their local ETC PDF, 373.4 KB.

We have people right across New Zealand, so we can help you, even if you are moving to a different part of the country.  The local ETC in your current location will provide support until you move.  They will then pass your details (and the work completed until then) to the ETC in your new location.

Download our brochure for jobseekers PDF, 1.4 MB.

"During reintegration into the community, applying for work was quite literally a 'nightmare'. There was no place for an ex-convict to try make a change or better himself. After receiving email after email refusing to even interview myself, I felt hopeless and lost. Depression kicked in and I managed to find a reason to keep wanting to change and continue to become a productive member of society. The ETC has helped me immensely in my journey and for others wishing for help; I cannot recommend this agency enough. Thank you very much for helping me!” – Alexei, Jobseeker


If you have some questions we haven't answered above, you may find them in our frequently asked question PDF, 195.8 KB document.