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What is CadetMax?

CadetMax is a youth employment service that prepares and supports young people (18-24) into work. We provide fun and effective work readiness training, great career advice, and give young people the tools they need to thrive in the workforce.

We’ll help you

  • Boost your confidence

  • Create or update your CV

  • Shine in a job interview

  • Plan for the future

  • Organise industry-specific training (e.g Site Safe, First Aid)

And best of all, we will use our network to help you find an awesome job!

We will also help you get your driver’s licence - learner, restricted, or full! To learn more about how we do that visit Chamber Drive.

CadetMax has been helping young people into work since 2008 and operate in South Auckland, Tauranga, Rotorua and Whakatane. If you live in Tamaki (Glen Innes, Pt England, Panmure) come to our sister programme Career Start. Check out where we will be next!

We work with the Ministry of Social Development to deliver our programs.



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CadetMax is a free programme that prepares and supports young people (18-24) into work. We provide practical training, ongoing mentoring, and give you the tools you need to thrive in the workforce. Available in South Auckland and the Bay of Plenty.


Who is it for?

  • 18 - 24 years old

  • Receiving financial support from Work and Income

  • Motivated to work

How does it work?

It starts with a training week from Monday to Friday where we find out about you and you find out a lot about yourself. 

Then you spend two days a week with us job hunting and building your skills until you start that great job. 

CadetMax will pay your travel expenses to the training venue and to interviews.

Once you start work, we continue to mentor you for the first six months so that you’re settled in the new environment and not going it alone.

How do I apply/enrol?

You can apply in three ways:

  • Let your Work and Income office or case manager know you’re interested in CadetMax

  • Give Hilary a call on 027 246 0289

  • Or email


Cadet quote of the month…

The whole programme is awesome, I wasn't the most confident person when I first started but now I am.