Kiwi Can Do

Kiwi Can Do is funded by the Industry Partnerships division of the Ministry of Social Development to support the Construction Industry Accord. Our job is to work closely with employers to prepare and support unemployed New Zealanders into employment and a career. There are no fees or costs to employers or trainees for the Kiwi Can Do service.

The Construction Accord is an all-industry and government grouping with a mandate to create a high-performance construction sector that will help lead New Zealand’s economic recovery.

Our Courses

We encourage and support Job Seekers wanting to gain formal qualifications through the BCITO or other tertiary training. We work closely with Work and Income’s service centres and can introduce employers to their front-line staff to talk about other forms of direct financial support.

Kiwi Can Do has developed a range of new programmes that range from first-time Work and Income Job Seekers through to work ready programmes for those wanting to start their careers in construction and include:
Fast Track - which recognises previous construction industry experience.
Accelerated - wanting to change careers from hospo, tourism, retail or travel.
Truck Licences - driving jobs in passenger services, couriers, road building and more.
Work Ready Entry Level - grabbing the first rung of the ladder and getting into construction.

We cover building, painting, scaffolding, gib fixing and stopping, plus class 2 truck licences, along with wheels, tracks and rollers endorsements.

All of our candidates are kitted out with free steel cap boots, hi viz vests, earmuffs, safety glasses, sit Site Safe Passports, and gain high-impact CVs, and tutor references.

Our tutors

We have created a ‘Dad’s Army’ of retired or semi-retired Tradies, each with decades of work and life skills who want to pass on their knowledge to the next generation. They’ve brought up families, coached sports teams, trained apprentices. They work alongside trainees as mentors in the manner of a favourite uncle or grandfather.

Kiwi Can Do tutors are able to assess skill levels for the more advanced and offer training programmes for entry level work ready candidates that are almost exclusively hands-on with the tools. Kiwi Can Do has developed a highly effective “learning by being shown and then doing” programme.

Our field staff

Our field staff are recruiters with a deep understanding and experienced in identifying people with a positive attitude, a genuine desire to work, wanting to earn a living to support themselves and their families. We have candidates located in virtually all parts of the North Island.

Our priority is to find job opportunities close to home. If there is no work nearby, our graduates can opt to relocate to a bigger centre and they are financially supported by MSD to make the move. Kiwi Can Do physically assists them find a job, settle them into accommodation and ensure they have efficient travel plans to get to work.

Our in-work support programme means we stay in contact with candidates and their employers for six months—at least weekly in the first four weeks and monthly after that. It is our job to recognise issues an employer or employee is having and help resolve them to ensure Kiwi Can Do trainees transition smoothly into work and stay there.


Corporate Team

  • Selena Edmonds
    Administration Manager

    Contract & Data Manager Phone: 027 320 6285 Email:...

Wellington Team

Auckland Team

  • Tess Dixon

    Employment Consultant - Northland Mātanga Hāpai – Mahi Phone: 027...

  • Tina Damand

    Employment Consultant – Waikato Region Mātanga Hāpai – Mahi Phone:...

Kiwi Can Do