Our story

Catapult’s vision is for all people to have the opportunity to participate in paid employment, including those who live with a disability or health issue. We have been working towards this vision since 2003, when our founder, Kevin Blogg, worked alone out of the boot of his car.

Nowadays, we are a successful social enterprise, recognised for the social impact of the work we do by the Canterbury business community in 2016 when we were awarded the Champion Charity Small Enterprise Award in the Champion Canterbury Business Awards. While we continue to provide employment services under contract to government, we have expanded to provide services to anyone who requires a professional career guidance and/or employment placement service.

In addition to our career and employment services, we offer our unique Work-Focussed Anxiety Counselling service. We developed this programme in 2015 as a direct result of the huge increase in anxiety people using our service were experiencing as a result of the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquakes. This service has proven to be very valuable and is suitable for anyone who is experiencing severe anxiety when they think about trying to find employment.

The combination of employment counselling and employment placement services is proving to be particularly beneficial as a wrap-around service. Read Shelley’s story to see the benefits.

Catapult’s mission is to inspire and assist Cantabrians who face challenges in their career paths by providing employment services and social support. Our vision is to strengthen the social and economic well-being of Cantabrians in their communities with a focus on employment. Read about the positive social impact this vision has on the community and individuals in our blogs.