Employment is one of the biggest factors that lock tāngata whaikaha (people with disabilities) out of society. Raising work and career opportunities provides an essential place for connection and lifts the model for next-generation practices.
Āhei is a service provided by NorthAble that works to provide meaningful, enjoyable work opportunities for tāngata whaikaha. We bring partner employers and businesses together with motivated members of the disabled community, creating a meaningful employment future for tāngata whaikaha.
We want to invest in diversity development to see a fair representation of tāngata whaikaha working across organisations to reflect the communities we live in and assist in furthering the independence of the community. Our partner organisations share this vision, and we offer the support to implement diverse and inclusive practices and develop our interns to bring their enriched perspectives into the workplace.
We understand that society disables individuals, and the employment sector is no different. The Āhei program is an internship that removes barriers to the workforce by providing direct access to corporate, commercial, non-government and community organisations across Whangārei so tāngata whaikaha (people with disabilities) can participate in work.
Step 1: Application
· You apply for the program and our mentors meet with you to discuss your goals.
· Both you and the Āhei team decide if the internship is right for you and which cohort you’ll join.
· We aim to match you to a work placement role that suits your capabilities, goals and interests.
Step 2: Internship
· You attend a three-week long introduction course, three days per week, to get you ready for your placement.
· You then start your internship work placement.
· You also attend our readiness course, one day per week, which will support you to understand the skills you are learning at work.
· We give you individualised mentorship throughout your placement if you need support.
· We also liaise with your host employer to ensure a successful placement.
Step 3: Employment
· At the end of your internship, we help you find paid employment.
Āhei has a team of mentors to guide you through every step of your internship placement, from commencement to graduation.
We guide you through your employment development with workshops, training, peer sessions and job placement to provide learning opportunities along the way.
We provide opportunities to grow professionally in the workplace and personally through an alternative approach to the program that supports your individual learning needs.
We help you build social connections with peers, actively working to create a collegial atmosphere between you and your fellow interns.
The Ideal Applicant
Āhei works to provide internship placements for tāngata whaikaha (people with disabilities) into government, commercial, corporate and non-profit organisations.
Āhei has a team with expertise to guide partner organisations and interns through the program.
We offer disability competency training by specialists in the field to our partners and individualised support for host business with interns in work placement roles.
We are connected to various community organisations and network with our partner businesses with other authorities and diversity initiatives in the sector.
Our interns create a talent pool that is diverse, which in turn diversifies and adds immeasurable value to your business profile and social capital.
We create network of businesses across the region, creating a community of like-minded organisations.
How You Can Help
Provide placement opportunities for our interns
Sponsorship of events associated to Āhei
Or talk to us about exploring other ways to collaborate
We meet on-site to discuss the program and what you can offer an intern. We then conduct a site assessment to help ensure we select the most appropriate intern for your environment.
We select an intern from our talent pool according to their interests and your needs for a purposeful placement.
We provide training to Āhei interns using the ‘i am capable’ framework along their internship journey.
The Āhei team provides ongoing mentoring and assistance to interns and partners, ensuring a well-supported experience for everyone.