Find jobs, training courses and support for business in Auckland, New Zealand’s economic powerhouse

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All our Connected centres are currently closed due to the change in COVID-19 alert levels. If you'd like to speak with someone, please call us on 0800 264 737. There will be no face to face drop-in sessions, appointments or events until further notice.


Healthcare Assistant – Earn and Learn Programme

Healthcare Assistants are an integral part of our healthcare delivery team delivering quality care for our patients and whānau.

They work as part of teams under the direction of a Registered Nurse. Their typical day can involve assisting with patient care, patient transfers, as well as supporting to keep our wards, departments and operating theatres ready to provide the best care to our patients. 

  • Permanent position paid from day one in an exciting training programme!
  • 0.8 and 1 FTE opportunities available (32-40 hours per week)
  • Mix of classroom & real-world frontline health practice to grow your knowledge and skills
  • Education & learning pathway to a long term health career

If healthcare is your passion, then do something extraordinary - come and join Auckland DHB in this fantastic new initiative!

  • Open to any ethnicity
  • Any age
  • Looking for Māori and Pasifika candidates
Find out more (external link)

Looking for strawberry pickers

Zaberri needs multiple strawberry pickers ASAP in Riverhead/Kumeu

This is a family friendly environment and will accept workers from age 16 onwards.

Find out more and apply (external link)

Hospital Cleaners urgently needed

North Shore and Waitakere Hospitals have an urgent need for cleaners.

You will have previous cleaning experience preferably in a healthcare setting.

You will work with a team, and duties will include vacuuming, mopping, dusting, polishing, emptying rubbish bins, replacing consumables and more.

Must hold a Restricted or Full Class 1 driver licence with reliable transport.


Find out more (external link)

Civil Construction Workshops

Have you considered a career in the civil construction and infrastructure industry?

Come along to the following civil construction workshops which will cover:

  • Information about the construction industry.
  • Career pathways.
  • Minimum industry requirements.
  • Pay potential.

Job opportunities will be available at the end of the workshops. You can submit your application and even have an interview on the day.

Come along to any of the sessions below:

• Waitakere workshop
When: date to be confirmed, 10am-12pm
Where: Waitakere Connected centre, Work and Income service centre, 36-44 Sel Peacock Drive
Find out more: Email

• Takapuna workshop
When: date to be confirmed, 10am-12pm
Where: Takapuna Connected centre, Work and Income service centre, 519 Lake Road
Find out more: Email

Winter Pruners required in South Auckland

Do you love working outdoors? Punchbowl are looking for people to join their pruning team in Pukekohe.

Punchbowl is a specialist service provider to Kiwifruit growers in Auckland and Waikato.

Work days: Monday – Friday (occasional weekends)

Apply now (external link)

Want help applying for jobs online?

Come along to the following workshops that'll support you in applying for jobs online.

Each week is catered to participants needs and will be done in two parts:

Part one: 
Introduction to Google Tools – this is the foundation component which helps learners to pathway into other components of the course.

Part two: 
This part of the course is catered to learner needs with an additional focus on employment.

Where: Connected, Waitakere site

Dates and times to be confirmed

Register now, email

NZ Red Cross Pathways to Employment

If you are a former refugee looking for educational or employment opportunities and/or you are currently getting a Work and Income benefit, get in touch with the NZ Red Cross Regional Pathways to Employment team.

NZ Red Cross pathways to employment programme helps former refugees plan employment, education, training and career goals to ultimately find work.

For Auckland region, get in touch with

Find out more (external link)
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Pacific Work Connect

Recently migrated from the Pacific and been in New Zealand for less than 5 years?

Pacific Work Connect can support you to look for work, develop your skills and talents or building confidence. The programme provides one-to-one career coaching, delivered in Pacific languages to help you become job-ready.

Email: to find out more.

During level 3 and 4 :

Pacific Work Connect are available via phone services. Call 0800 601 301 and say you are wanting Pacific Work Connect. Face to face service will resume when we return to level 2.

Email: to book a time.

Find out more (external link)

Employment service for youth with a disability or health condition

Employment Service in Schools can help if you or someone in your whänau is leaving school with a health condition or disability, including mental health or neurodiversity.

The service will connect you with providers who can help:

  • identify types of jobs 
  • get work experience
  • skill development
  • work with you, your family, school and other networks to help you plan your future

This is a joint initiative between Ministry of Education and Minsitry of Social Development, and is available across parts of Auckland.  

Find out more and apply (external link)

Support for creative workers

Creative Careers Service is a free initiative to support you in gaining the knowledge and skills to grow and retain work in the arts and creative sector.

The service will teach you:

  • business management
  • contract negotiation
  • marketing and networking
  • applying for funding
  • employment opportunities.         

There are local service providers across Auckland.

Find out more (external link)

Construction Jobs in South Auckland

The construction industry in Auckland is booming and employers are now recruiting for civil, trade and construction-related jobs.

Jobs available in South Auckland range from entry level to skilled workers.

Roles available now include:

  • general construction labourers and hammerhands
  • concrete workers
  • traffic controllers
  • machine operators (diggers, moxy dump trucks, rollers, etc)
  • scaffolders
  • insulation installers
  • roofers
  • Class 2 and above drivers
  • yard and storepersons.

Manukau Jobs and Skills Hub can connect you to employers and jobs that match your skills and interests. It can also help you create a CV.

To apply for a job or find out how to get started in the construction industry or related trades, email

More Auckland jobs

Looking for other work? Check out Find a Job, Work and Income’s recruitment website.

Find a Job is for anyone looking for work – you don’t have to be on a benefit. If you find a job you’re interested in, contact Work and Income to be put in touch with the employer.  

Visit Find a Job (external link)

TeachNZ scholarships for career changers

Scholarships are now open to people who want to change careers and become a teacher and kaiako.

It will pay for their teaching course fees and provide an allowance of $30,000 per year, for up to three years. 

There are two scholarships available: 

  • Te Huawhiti Career Changer Scholarships for people who plan to teach in English medium early learning and schools
  • Te Waka Whakarei Career Changer Scholarships for people who plan to teach in Māori medium early learning and schools, or teach te reo Māori in English-medium secondary schools Priority applicants

While the scholarships are open to all career changers, priority will be given to applicants who:

  • plan to teach in Science, Technology, Engineering Maths, or te reo Māori.
  • plan to teach in early learning or secondary.
  • are Teacher’s aides, Kaiāwhina, Kaiārahi i te reo, or have a Limited Authority to Teach (LAT)
  • are Māori, Pacific, or plan to teach in bilingual or immersion settings. 

If you know a career changer who may be interested in becoming a teacher, please share this information with them.  

Applications close 15 November 2021.

More information and application forms are available on these websites: 

Te Huawhiti Career Changer Scholarship(external site) (external site)

Te Waka Whakarei Career Changer Scholarship  (external site)


Training for Hospitality and Customer Service

Never studied before? Want to get back into the workforce and not sure where to begin?

MSL Training has a range of courses starting in October that'll help you gain the skills you need to join Hospitality and Customer Service.

Schools in South Auckland, Takapuna and Botany Downs.

Find out more (external link)

Tei Mua Tatou

Are you a secondary school student from the Cook Islands?

Tei Mua Tatou is a FREE Cook Islands Student Support Service that begins during secondary school all the way through to completion of a trade, professional qualification, tertiary or university degree. At present our service is offered to any Cook Islands secondary student who lives in Mangere. To participate in this service so that TMT with you can move forward together.

Please send Anthony a message on 021 0266 9047 or email 

Turn your business idea into reality

Hatch is a programme to promote and develop entrepreneurship.

Enabling young Pasifika people (18 – 35 years) to transform their ideas into viable businesses.

Course work is conducted on-line and has a rolling in-take.

Find out more (external link)

Future Open to Us

FOU - Future Open to Us - is a Pasifika focused programme created to spark and nurture Pasifika students interest in health.

If you are a secondary or tertiary student, the service can provide career exposure activities, interactive education outside the classroom events, workforce ready workshops and leadership development opportunities. It is run by teams from the three Auckland DHBs, with the goal to grow the pacific health workforce and improve Pacific Health outcomes.

Find out more (external link)

Free online learning at Auckland Libraries

If you’re an Auckland Library member, you have free access to – Linkedin’s popular online training provider.

Courses include:

  • Photography.
  • Mobile Apps.
  • Web Design.
  • Microsoft Office.
  • Music Lessons.

All you need is your library card details to get full access to any course.

Find out more (external link)
fire fighter

Thinking of a career with Police, Fire & Emergency, Defence Force, or Corrections?

If you're interested in a career with Police, Fire & Emergency, Defence Force or Department of Corrections - Edvance can help you prepare for the pre-entry testing.

The Edvance Pre-Entry Preparation Programme is an online course that will help you build the skills and confidence required to complete the academic assessment tests for these careers.

Fully funded evening courses are available in Auckland, but as the course is online you can enrol from anywhere in NZ and it’s free for eligible learners (must be resident or citizen and have skills gaps).

To find out more or book your place on the next course call 0800 773 368 or email

View the edvance website (external link)

Free Digital Skills short courses

Are you interested in learning how to navigate the digital world?

Kanorau Digital is a free short course designed to help you or someone you know stay conncected with the digital world by gaining the skills to get online safely and navigate websites and apps with more confidence.

These are 1 or 2-day courses run in Avondale, Henderson and Mangere.

Call 0800 526 672 for more information or book in online (external site)

Māori and Pasifika tech scholarships

Māori and Pacific people aged 16 to 40 have been invited to apply for scholarships that could be a path to a career in full stack web development.

Sponsored by Auckland Council, the scholarships are for a 12-week course to study for an NZQA-approved Certificate in Technology Product Development Essentials.

Find out more (external link)

Choose your course

Whatever level you’d like to study at, you can find a course to suit you in Auckland.

Click on the link below to find the field of study and type of qualification to interest you. Qualifications range from certificate level 1-3 to doctorates.

Find your course now (external link)
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Upskill your Pacific Workforce

Auckland employers in manufacturing, healthcare, construction/infrastructure and transport/logistics can now register for Future Ready Training courses.

These are available to upskill your Pacific people for the future with short in-work training courses.

This service is fully government funded and free. Courses are flexible to suit the workplace and can be tailored to meet your business needs.

Register (external link)

Accounting support for small and medium community organisations

Auckland Community Accounting (ACA) is a free and confidential service offering support and assistance on accounting matters for small and medium community organisations in Auckland.

Community Accounting’s goal is to build confidence and capability in Treasurers and other Board Members of small to medium community groups through support and training from accounting students, supervised by Chartered Accountants.

Find out more (external link)

Find tools and resources to support your business

Auckland Unlimited provides free online resources and links to business support to help you navigate the changing economic landscape.

Check out their links on:

  • operating at different Covid alert levels,
  • financial planning,
  • marketing, and
  • other essential parts of the business toolkit.
Find more information (external link)

Get your ecommerce website underway

Get free help to build a full-featured Ecommerce website for your business - first come first served so get in quick!

The programme offers assistance to design a fit-for-purpose ecommerce engine, with design and hosting taken care of for a 12 month period. Digitial resilience is critical in this covid environment.

Find out more and apply (external link)

Free customised digital action plan

Wondering how to adopt digital tools in your business?

Find out how to make your website work harder, why you should sell online and where to start or grow with social media.

Find out more and register (external link)

Webinars to help with your business covid recovery

EMA provide free webinars to give you information, insights and assistance to support your business in the aftermath of Covid.

You'll get to hear experts answer your burning questions on everything from adapting to new alert level system, closing your business, Privacy Act changes, business travel and much more.

Find out more (external link)

Māori Women's Development Inc - HineBoss

This is a 3 day wānanga to support your pathway towards running a successful business.

Gain new skills and confidence to embark on your business journey - while meeting a network of wāhine entrepreneurs.

Express your interest in this course (external site) and find about other funding which is available from Maori Women's Development Inc.

Free enterprise programme

Feel daunted about starting your own enterprise? Enterprising Families (eFamily) can help.

It is a free 12-week programme which guides individuals and families through their enterprising journey in practical and supportive ways.

Register and find out what is involved (external site)  

Find an intern

No matter what type of organisation you run, hiring an intern can help you to trial a potential employee and add value to your business.

If you have an internship or business project that might benefit from having a student intern in support, contact Unitec to register your internship or industry project.

Find out more and register (external link)

Start-up grant for tech entrepreneurs

Aspiring entrepreneurs from West and South Auckland may be able to get grants to help them get their tech product off the ground.

The start-up grant covers:

  • fees for the Technical Founders Accelerator, a 12-week programme for would-be tech entrepreneurs
  • free access to the technology, resources and software needed to build a tech product
  • $2,500-$10,000 seed funding
  • mentoring and support from industry professional.

To apply for this grant you must be:

  • aged 18 or above
  • a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • living in West or South Auckland
  • have a technology idea.

The grants are the result of a partnership between Mission Ready, Auckland Unlimited and The Southern Initiative. Limited places are available.

Apply now (external link)

Support for self employment and work readiness

Whether you want to start your own business or learn new skills to help you get ahead with your job preparation, Whau Ace adult and community education centre can help.

Whau Ace has a wide range of courses and support services available in multiple languages.

Drop in to Connected Waitakere to find out how Whau Ace can support you.

When: Every Wednesday, 10am–12pm
Where: Connected Waitakere, Work and Income service centre, 36-44 Sel Peacock Drive, Henderson, Auckland

Register now:

Inland Revenue seminars

Inland Revenue offers seminars across Auckland to support businesses.

In the Introduction to Business seminar, you can learn about different types of business structures, record keeping, and how income tax and provisional tax work for businesses.

In the GST Workshop, you can understand who needs to register for GST, how to register, how to keep records and how to file GST returns.

Find out more (external link)

Road to Employment workshops

Are you ready to learn and join the world of work?

These free workshops from Literacy Aotearoa will provide you with the tools and support to start your employment journey.

Content includes:

  • Career planning
  • Work literacy
  • Interview skills
  • Job search – online vs traditional
  • Basic rights and responsibilities of work 

You will learn:

  • The art of setting goals
  • Effective ways to manage time
  • To search for useful templates and information
  • To create a CV and a job seeker profile
  • Strategies and skills to help get ‘Work Ready’
  • To interpret job advertisements
  • To be more confident in interviews
  • Basic employment rights and responsibilities

When: Fortnightly - Monday and Friday from 9.15am – 2.30pm
Where: Connected Waitakere, 36-44 Sel Peacock Drive, Henderson, Auckland

To register, email

Free career advice in Auckland

Book a one-to-one session with a career expert to make a personalised career plan.

If you are exploring studying or training, or want assistance to prepare your CV, book a session with an experienced career expert.


When: Every Monday and Thursday, 9am-4pm
Where: Takapuna Library, 9 The Strand ,Takapuna
To book a session, email:


When: Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9am-4pm
Where: via phone conversation
To book a session, email:

Queen Street

When: Every Tuesday and Thursday, 9am-4pm
Where: Connected centre, Work and Income service centres, Level 3, 450 Queen Street
To book a session, email


When: Every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9am-4pm
Where: Connected centre, Work and Income service centre, 20/22 Queen Street
To book a session, email


When: Every Wednesday and Thursday 9am-4pm
Where: via phone conversation
To book a session, email

Foodbank in COVID

Help with food

Do you or your whānau need urgent help with food and other essential items?

If you need food and other essential items, please take a look at the guidelines site) (external site)

To find a foodbank in Auckland (external site)

Mental health and wellbeing support

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important.  

Find some suggestions on how you can take care of yourself, those around you and where to reach out for help.

Mental Wellbeing Support (external link)

Support in South Auckland

Are you in need of food or emergency support in South Auckland?

Here are some of the organisations that can support you in lockdown.

Family violence services

The Pasefika Proud website has contact details for a number of family violence service providers.

The providers listed can help people to be safe in their homes.

Find out more (external link)

What are your rights?

How do the alert level changes impact you as an employee, an employer or a business owner?

Employment New Zealand provides guidance on their website on Covid-19 Alert levels and the workplace (external site)

Free Covid-19 business helpline

Are you a business owner and have questions or need support? Contact the helpline.

All New Zealand businesses, including sole traders, can get support and advice on:

  • government financial support, eg Wage Subsidy Scheme, Resurgence Support Payment
  • what different alert levels mean for your business
  • business continuity
  • finding free or subsidised expert help, eg a business mentor or advisor.

Employers can also get specific advice on people challenges, including staffing changes, employee wellness, and meeting your health and safety obligations.

North Island business helpline 0800 500 362 

Drop into your local Connected centre without an appointment to find out about how government agencies can help you find a job, training or business support.

City Centre

MSD Jobs and Skills Hub
Level 1
16 Kingston St
Auckland Central 1010

Queen Street

MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
Level 3
450 Queen Street
Auckland 1010


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
Unit 1, 40-42 Mayfair Place
Auckland 1072


MSD Jobs and Skills Hub
2 Kaipatiki Road
Glenfield 0629


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
519 Lake Road
Takapuna 0622


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
36-44 Sel Peacock Drive
Auckland 0610


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
93 Mascot Avenue
Auckland 2022

Manukau Central

MSD Jobs and Skills Hub
Level 2
21 Putney Way
Manukau Central 2104


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
20-22 Queen Street
Papakura 2110

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