Closing the Gaps - delivering sustainable employment

Closing the Gaps delivers sustainable employment for young people in Gore District. It also supports employers connecting with potential employees.

The programme:

  • Supports people aged 16-24 years seeking work.
  • Supports people of any age who have been displaced by COVID-19 in their search for new employment.
  • Provides practical skills development including interviewing and job search techniques, resume writing and pathway planning.
  • Connects potential employees with employers.
  • Funds employers up to $6000 to support their employment. Funding can be used to cover employee and compliance costs such as safety equipment, tools, training, and wages. 

Employers can access funding to support employing 16 to 24-year-olds or potential employees of any age who have been displaced by COVID-19.

2021 Business Interview report [PDF, 598 KB]   

Who delivers Closing the Gaps?

The Gore District Council is contracted by Local Government New Zealand to deliver Closing the Gaps for the community.

There are four key partners: Mayor’s Taskforce for Jobs, Hokonui Huanui, Ministry of Social Development, and the Council.

The shared vision is for all young people under 25 to be engaged in appropriate education, training, work, or positive activity in their communities.


Get In Touch

The Closing the Gaps coordinator is Mark McCann. He can be contacted by phone 021 327611, or email

You could also visit The Hub, 1 Brennan Lane, Gore. 

The Hub provides job seekers and employers access resources relating to employment opportunities in Gore District.

The Hub’s job boards display information about district-wide employment opportunities, and education and training opportunities. Here you can also access a computer and the internet to look for jobs, to develop your resume or plan your career.


Gore District Council 29 Bowler Avenue Gore P: 03 209 0330 E: