Deaf Aotearoa provides a nationwide employment service for employers and Deaf jobseekers. Deaf Aotearoa's employment consultants work with Deaf jobseekers. They are supported through the jobseeking and interview process with the aim of becoming employed in a role they want to be in. The employment consultants will then provide them with the necessary level of ongoing support needed to maintain their role.

They also:

  • Identify the employment needs and goals of the jobseekers.
  • Assist with the interview process, and offer career and training advice.
  • Network with businesses and organisations to identify potential job opportunities.
  • Work with employers and staff to ensure they understand the best ways to communicate and work with a Deaf person.

For employers §

Some think that communication can be a barrier for Deaf in the workplace, however simple discussion and an open mind is all that is needed to encourage a Deaf person to contribute to the same high standard as their hearing colleagues.

Deaf Aotearoa can offer practical guidance and advice on hiring a Deaf person.

We work with you to:

  • Ensure health and safety requirements are met.
  • Provide Deaf awareness training for you and your staff.
  • Develop effective communication strategies.
  • Show how to book interpreters and organise job subsidies through Workbridge.
  • Provide ongoing support to you and your employees as needed — including working through difficult situations such as disciplinary proceedings.

We'll go out of our way to ease any anxieties you may have about recruiting Deaf employees. You can always contact us if you have concerns or questions.

Please contact your local office to make an appointment with one of our employment consultants.

DEAFinitely Working For You

DEAFinitely Working For You is a booklet and online video for employers hiring Deaf staff.

Employers can see for themselves the benefits of employing Deaf workers. Deaf workers are skilled, hard working, reliable and responsible.

The misconception that communication is a barrier for Deaf workers is dismissed.

You can watch the video online below or contact your local office for a copy of the booklet.

For jobseekers §

If you're Deaf and looking for work we are here to support you.

We can work with you to:

  • Match you to the right job.
  • Arrange job interviews.
  • Provide information on employer subsidies.
  • Arrange sign language interpreters for interviews and other meetings.

The process

We arrange an interview with one of our employment consultants who will create a personal plan and a job search strategy that gives you the best chance of succeeding in the job market.

We can work with you even before you start looking for work by working with you to create a CV, polish your interviewing skills and offering training course. We are also available to attend job interviews as support.

We're still here to support you once you have found a job.

We can:

  • Work with you in the early stages of building a relationship with your new employer.
  • Make sure you have the equipment you need.
  • Arrange interpreters for staff/team meetings.
  • Provide Deaf Awareness training for your new colleagues.

Whether it's a part-time or full-time job, our employment consultants will work with you to find work and stay in your job/career of choice.

Please contact your local office to make an appointment with one of our employment consultants.

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