The Conservation Work Skills (CWS) programme was developed by CVNZ in partnership with the Ministry for Social Development (MSD) in 2018 to help unemployed people get back into the workforce.
The ethos of the CWS programme is that all New Zealanders should have the opportunity to fulfill their potential. We understand that caring for the environment provides a platform for engaging with people, building skills and employment pathways, as well as improved health and wellbeing.
CWS equips participants with practical and transferable skills and provides opportunities for local job seekers to gain paid employment. During the programme, participants will develop practical skills in conservation (planting, weeding, nursery work, predator control, track construction etc), obtain industry training (Chainsaw, GrowSafe, First Aid) while working on local conservation projects aimed at supporting threatened species recovery and improving water quality.
A key focus of this programme is the development of employment pathways and partnerships with businesses to develop sustainable employment outcomes within the conservation/ environmental sectors. Our team leaders help participants create CV’s, employ for jobs and work on interview skills.
The CWS programme is currently in it’s second year and has worked with more than 160 participants on projects in Auckland, Greymouth, Porirua, Kāpiti Coast , Christchurch, Dunedin and Westport. To date 70 – 80% of participants have gone on to paid employment and not needed to return to the benefit. We hope that we can continue to build on these outcomes and expand the programme in coming years.