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Connected centres are only open for booked appointments, events and seminars.

To make a booking, please email your Connected centre

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Free career advice

Get free in-person advice from a professional career expert in Christchurch.

This session can provide you with advice on:

  • studying or training
  • changing careers
  • preparing your CV and cover letter
  • job appplications.

Spaces are limited, so email to book your spot.


When: Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 

Where: Connected Centre, MSD Linwood Service Centre, 154 Aldwins Road

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When: Mondays and Fridays

Where: Connected Centre, MSD Papanui Service Centre, 58 Langdons Road

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When: Tuesday and Wednesday

Where: Connected Centre, MSD Rangiora, 4 High Street

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When: Monday - Friday, Morning, Afternoon and Evening appointments available

Where: Online or by phone

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Connecting Selwyn

For support in employment, education and training pop along to our Connected pop-ups at Leeston and Darfield Libraries.

Connected will assist you in finding the right service for your needs. We will be joined by representatives from Ministry of Social Development and Selwyn District Council.

Leeston Library

When: Monthly on the second Tuesday

Tuesday 7 June, 10am - 12pm

Tuesday 12 July, 10am - 12pm

Where: Leeston Library, 19 Messines Street, Leeston

Darfield Library

When: Monthly on the second Wednesday

Wednesday 8 June, 10am - 12pm

Wednesday 13 July, 10am - 12pm

Where: Darfield Library, 1 South Terrace, Darfield

For more information: email or

Limited Service Volunteer webinar

Are you 18 - 24 years and need a fresh start and the tools to get a job?

LSV is a voluntary and free 6-week training course. It's run by New Zealand Defence Force and supported by people wanting to work with you, including Police.

Jump online and hear about the Limited Service Volunteer programme and how you can join it. The next intake starts on Tuesday 7 June.

When: Thursday 19 May, 1.30pm - 1.45pm

Where: online

If you have any questions, please email

Tune in today (external link)

Connected Employment opportunities sessions

Walk in with a CV, walk out with Employment.

Employers are onsite at Connected Hornby and MSD Riccarton on a regular basis.

Employers will do a short presentation on industry, organisation and vacancies. Potential individual interviews to follow.



Tuesdays, weekly, 2:30pm 

Tuesdays, fortnightly, 11am (from Tuesday 24 May)

Thursdays, fornightly, 11am

Where: Connected Hornby, MSD Service Centre, 25 Shands Road


When: Wednesdays, Weekly, 11.30am and 2pm

Where: MSD Riccarton, 78 Riccarton Road

For more information:

Study information sessions

Thinking about study? Free advice and support for those considering study with Ara and Connected.

Come along to the drop in sessions with Ara Institute of Canterbury, the largest Polytech in Te Waipounamu to find more about study options, no strings attached


When: Fortnightly on Fridays, 11am (from Friday 25 March)

Where: Connected Hornby, MSD Service Centre, 25 Shands Road


When: Fornightly on Wednesdays, 1pm (from Wednesday 23 March)

Where: MSD Riccarton, 78 Riccarton Road

For more information:

Mahi for Me

Get channelled to the right employment, or study opportunity!

Employers and Tertiary Providers are onsite at Connected Linwood on a regular basis.

Employers will be onsite and talk about their career opportunities with you, interviews may follow.

Monday, 9:30am, 11am, 1pm, and 2pm
Tuesday, 9:30am, 10:30am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm
Wednesday, 9:30am, 11am, 1pm,and 2pm
Thursday, 9:30am, 11am, 1pm, and 2pm
Friday, 10:30am

Ara Drop In Linwood
Talk with Ara about study options that interest you and sign up, or meet them at the campus and have a look around at the options available to you.
When: Fortnightly Friday 11am

Where: Connected Linwood, MSD Service Centre, 154 Aldwins Rd, Christchurch

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Careers at Pegasus Health

Interested in working for an organisation focused on making a difference to the wellbeing of your community?

Pegasus Health has a number of vacancies available that maybe of interest to you:

  • HR - People and Capability Business Partner/Katohutou Toi Tāngata (8 month Fixed Term contract)
  • Stop Smoking Support Advisor/Kaitautoko Auahi Kore (Fixed Term - Part Time)
  • Team Leader - Practice Relationships (Permanent - Full time)

Find out more and apply (external link)

Holistic support for people with an intellectual disability

When you work at Hōhepa Canterbury, you are part of something very special.

Hōhepa Canterbury offers support for youth and adults living with an intellectual disability.

Hōhepa seek staff who are open, caring and bring a collegial approach to working positively with clients, colleagues, families and management.  Employment opportunities include:

  • Support Coordinators 
  • Youth Workers
  • Permanent Reliever
  • Health & Safety Advisor
  • Positive Practice Leader

Find out more and apply (external link)

Christchurch careers expo

Wondering about career options? 

Connecting tomorrows workforce with the best training providers and careers resources. Equipping New Zealands youth with information and networks to make smarter career choices


Thursday 26 May and Friday 27 May, 9 am -3 pm  

Saturday 28 May 10 am - 3 pm

Where: Christchurch Arena, 55 Jack Hinton Drive

Hosted this year by Growing NZ

Find out more (external link)

Job opportunities at CDHB

Come be part of a team where your reward is seen in the eyes of the clients, knowing you are literally changing lives.

Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) has a wide range of jobs and careers available, below is a selection of jobs that maybe of interest to you:

  • Administrator/Secretary - Gastroenterology (Fixed term, Part time),
  • Awhina Māori Health Worker (Permanent, Part time),
  • HR Organisational Development Advisor (Permanent, Full time),
  • Health and Safety Advisor (Permanent, Full time),
  • Regional Coordinator – Community Dental Services (Permanent, Full time),
  • Ringawera | Kitchen Assistants (Casual).
Find out more and apply (external link)

Employment and immigration support seminars

Are you a migrant looking for help with the NZ job market or have an immigration issue you'd like support on?

Migrant Action Trust is running free, online seminars on the third Saturday of each month, 1pm - 3pm.

You will get support with:

  • CV and Cover Letter writing
  • Interact with a licenced immigration advisor around general visa issues
  • Learn your rights & responsibilities as an employee in New Zealand
  • Job interview skills
Find out more and register (external link)

More Canterbury 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)
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Work readiness for women

Risingholme and Dress for Success Chistchurch partner to bring a programme full of inspiration and ideas for women looking for a change, entering the workforce or restarting their career.

Develop skills and confidence to navigate entry or re-entry into the workforce by equipping yourself with the right tools to gain successful employment.

This course will inspire different ideas, different connections, and accountability – all of which, lead to forward movement and new horizons.

The programme is run over 5 weeks.

When: starting Thursday 12 May, 10 am - 12 pm
Where: Risingholme, 22 Cholmondeley Avenue, Opawa

Cost: $50

Find out more and enrol (external link)

Learn about the ‘tech’ industry

Pathways to Tech for students

Canterbury Tech invites secondary school students, their whanau, teachers and careers advisors to join them online during Techweek22 on Thursday 19 May, 12:50pm - 1:30pm.

This is an opportunity to:

  • Learn about the ‘tech’ industry.
  • Hear from 3 young tech professionals on their own career journey, and how they got to where they are today.
  • A day in the life – what a working day might look like.
  • Learn what qualities and skills employers value most.

Want to know more?
In a booming industry, with a shortage of skilled talent, this is a not to be missed event for any student with an interest in tech.

This event will give students an insight into the tech industry and what the day in the life of a young industry professional might look like.

Find out more (external link)

Get a fresh start

Aged 18- 24, feeling stuck and ready to make a change for you? LSV is for you.

As a Limited Service Volunteer, you’ll have an awesome experience in a 6 week live-in course at Burnham Camp, that you can join on, 7 June

While you’re there you’ll:

  • Make new lifelong friends
  • Get motivated to find a job
  • Increase your confidence
  • Learn new skills with physical and classroom activities

After the course, the LSV team will help you to find work, further training, or study.

The next course starts Monday 7 June.

Get in touch to find out more or express your interest in the next course. email

Find out more (external link)

Digital skills for work

Improve digital skills and build your online confidence.

You’ll get hands-on experience with useful digital tools that you can take straight back to your work, as well as the chance to collaborate with a friendly and encouraging community of learners. 

If you are interested in this and more courses check out The Mind lab(external site) (external site) .

You may also qualify for a scholarship to cover any course costs.

Fencing skills

Agri-Training brings you this practical hands on instruction from basic reparis and maintenacne to solving complex fencing problems.

These courses provide your team with the practical skills and clear decision making needed to keep your fences well-maintained.

The practical hands-on instruction training includes:


  • Repairing minor faults and breakages including electric fences
  • Tying strong and durable fencing knots
  • Tensioning and retensioning of wire

Intermediate – trainees must have completed the beginners course or be able to demonstrate basic fencing abilities

  • Fence planning, design and material section to meet stock needs

Advanced - trainees must have completed the intermedicate course

  • Hanging gates
  • Fence construction, design and planning to cross waterways and on undulating terrain

When: Tuesday 10 May
Cost: $150

Find out more and enrol (external link)

Looking for a job in the primary industries?

There are hundreds of jobs in the primary industries and Rural Retrain would love to place you into one.

Attend a free intro webinar about agriculture, followed by a 13-day live-in training and job placement within the primary industries.

  1. Complete the free 20-hour (4-half day) online webinar
  2. Invited trainees can move on to do the 13-day live-in training programme and become “job ready”
  3. Start the new job we help find for you
  4. Enjoy a rewarding career in the primary industries

No experience needed – just the right attitude!

Next webinar: Monday 23 May - Thursday 26 May, 8am - 12pm

Find out more and apply (external link)

Short courses with Literacy Aotearoa

Literacy Aotearoa offers free courses to help you take charge of your life by improving your reading, writing and maths skills. 

The following courses are free for those aged over 16.

Driver Education - Covers learner Licence theory – no driving lessons

Basic Computing - Basic computer use, create and save a Word file, start to understand file management in a computer, web-based email: how to use it, safety and security online, creating a profile on social media.

Work Readiness - Create a CV, write a cover letter, interview skills, job seeking skills, time management, workplace communication, workplace health and safety, and more.

Literacy and Numeracy -How to read more confidently, improve spelling, solve a wider range of maths problems, understand fractions, decimals, percentages, and conversions. The material this class focuses on varies according to the needs of the learners.

Kiwi English - A class for English second language speakers – English with a focus on common Kiwi phrases and sayings.


Christchurch: Please contact Rae on 337 5555 or text 022 469 1200

Timaru: Please contact Ravinda 03 688 0894 or 027 721 2000 

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 Canterbury.

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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Professional Development Workshops in Timaru

Check out Ara's range of Professional Development Workshops in Timaru.

Dealing with Difference: Team Management and Conflict Resolution

This workshop covers:

  • pros and cons of conflict
  • practical steps in analysing conflict (what is conflict, types of conflict, contributing factors)
  • approaches to conflict management
  • strategies to resolve a conflict

When: Thursday 2 June, 9am-4pm

Where: 32 Arthur Street, Timaru

Cost: $475 per person

Pacific Cultural Competency Workshop
There is a growing need to increase cultural capability among staff.

This workshop will cover:

  • cultural protocols,
  • pronunciation of upu (words),
  • cultural context and more.

When: Thursday 16 June, 10.30am-2.30pm

Where: 32 Arthur Street, Timaru

Cost: $200 per person

To register to attend either of these workshops, or to find out more about Ara's Professional Development Workshops in Timaru please email:

Support to hire kiwi's new to the Farming/Dairy Industries

Federated Farmers and MSD have joined to provide support to encourage farmers to hire NZ employees who are new to the sector.

Many New Zealanders jobs have been impacted by COVID 19 and they are looking for new opportunities. This initiative aims to bring potential employees and employers together with a mutually beneficial support scheme.

Provided all eligibility criteria are met the new employee receives a starter kit of farm gear and ongoing pastoral support, the employer can receive a wage subsidy to assist with training costs for the new employee.

Advertise your role free of charge to New Zealand Job Seekers via Work and Income's Jobs during COVID website  (external site)There you will reach people whose jobs have been impacted by Covid-19 and are a registered job seekers.

Once you find the right candidate register with Federated Farmers and they will sort out the rest.

Find out more (external link)

Tools for the time peer support initiative

Some of North Canterbury’s highly experienced business operators have offered to share their time, expertise and knowledge with business owners.

Needing a bit of a chat with somebody who understands the challenges of running a business, particularly through difficult times?

Enterprise North Canterbury will match you with one of their peer support experts for a casual catch-up over your preferred cuppa so they can listen and offer ideas, support and insight. These PSP business professionals have been through many ups and downs and can offer some advice and support as to what you are going through.

ENC will e-introduce you to them and you can arrange a meeting - whether it be over a breakfast meeting or coffee break. 

Find out more and register (external link)

Venus business women

Looking to connect with a group of like-minded, proactive and supportive women?

Combining a supportive community of experienced business women with practical support and learning.
Venus Business Women is a NZ owned not-for-profit organisation run by women for women.
With the collective wisdom of a network of experienced entrepreneurs you can build the successful business and life you dream of.

Come along as a guest and check out the groups. As there is only one industry representative per group, please call Raelene Rees 0274 325 388 to find the best fit for you.

The meetings are an hour long and held fortnightly on either Tuesday 8:45am, Wednesday 9.30am or Thursday 9.30am with a choice of groups across Canterbury.

Find out more (external link)

Canterbury Business Growth and Support Webinars

Looking for business support? Watch the 11 pre-recorded webinars from the Canterbury Business Growth and Support virtual conference at your leisure.

These webinars are a fantastic starting point to finding out how the different organisations offer support for your growing business. - Connecting you to support for your business

Christchurch NZ - Hear from Christchurch's economic development agency - Helping your business move into the digital world

The Networkers - Business networking benefits you and your business

Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce - Home and voice of Canterbury business

Enterprise North Canterbury - The economic development agency for North Canterbury

South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce - Building better business together

Ministry of Social Development - Work brokerage, financial support and more for you and your business

Inland Revenue - Here to support you, new to business or need to get on the right track - Tools and expert advice, designed to help kiwi businesses save time and succeed - An introduction and an update to your rights and responsibilities as an employer

Watch here (external link)

Make an appointment to visit your local Connected centre to find out about how government agencies can help you find a job, training or business support.


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
25 Shands Road
Christchurch 8042


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
154 Aldwins Road
Christchurch 8011


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
56 Langdons Road
Christchurch 8053


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
4 High Street
Rangiora 7400


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
14 Strathallan Street
Timaru 7910

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