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Keen to prepare for work?

If you're keen to get help in preparing for work, there are 8 sessions being held over 4 weeks at the Waimate Event Centre Club Room.

These sessions will cover:

  • communication
  • CV preparation
  • interview techniques
  • resilience
  • lifestyle discussions
  • confidence building.

When: Every Monday and Thursday from 2-26 August, 9am-12pm
Cost: Free
Where: Waimate Event Centre Club Room, 15 Paul Street, Waimate

Morning tea is provided and transport is available.

Email to find out more and enrol.

Free career advice

One-to-one sessions with a career expert to make a personalised career plan.

If you are exploring studying or training, or want assistance to propare your CV, come and talk to an experienced career expert.

The service is free to all New Zealanders.

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, drop in 10am-12pm
Or book at reception outside these times.

Where: Christchurch Connected Site, 154 Aldwins Road, Linwood, Christchurch

Online course for new businesses

If you're exploring self-employment, join a free online programme for people looking to start their own small business.

The course will provide practical, useful information to help you develop your idea into a business plan.

Developed by Enterprise North Canterbury, the training includes resources, advice, videos and useful links. It is accessible 24 hours a day and in bite-size chunks, so you can learn at your own pace and in your own time.

When: Online until Friday 31 December

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)

Learn Te Reo

Kia Piki Te Reo have classes for all levels of knowledge.

Classes will be held weekly over term 3 starting 27 July.

Where: Te Aitarakihi Multicultural Centre, 50 Bridge Road, Washdyke, Timaru
When: Tuesdays 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Cost: Koha
Starting: Tuesday 27 July

Email to register.

For more information: Contact Te Aitarakihi Trust (external site) 

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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Free social media workshop for businesses

Designed to help business promote and grow their businesses through social media, this half day workshop will help you to understand online advertising, build your Instagram presence and following and create a virtual storefront.

Whariki, the largest Maori Business network in Aoteroa, has teamed up with Facebook and Social media expert Katie Brown to bring you Boost with Facebook. As well as expert advice, you will also have the chance to connect with other businesses to share learnings and insights for success.

When: Friday 20 August, 12-5pm
Where: University of Canterbury, 90 Ilam Road, Ilam, Christchurch

Find out more and register (external link)

Free 10 day business course

The Rebel Business School is a social impact organisation, focused on helping you start your business and get your ideas off the ground.

Over the 10 days you will learn:

  • how to start a business wth no money;
  • how to build a website for free;
  • make money online and
  • how to make money doing what you love.

When: Monday 16 August - Friday 27 August, 9:30am - 2:30pm
Where: Interactive, online sessions for six days and venue based for four (23, 24, 26 and 27 August) at a venue TBC in Christchurch.

Find out more and register (external link)

Support for Mackenzie Basin businesses

If you have a tourism or hospitality business in Mackenzie Basin, you may be able to access help through the Train, Retain and Regain programme.

The programme has been developed to enable employers to offer continuity of employment and upskilling opportunities to staff.

For six months, qualifying businesses can receive a wage subsidy equivalent to 12 hours per week for eligible staff members enrolled in this training programme.

There are four streams of training available
- Tourism operations.
- Hospitality.
- Leadership and performance.
- Hard skills such as working as a barista and food safety.

The programme is a joint partnership between Queenstown Resort College, Queenstown Chamber of Commerce and the Ministry of Social Development.

Find out more (external link)

Building farming resilience

Women who are business owners or managers in the farming or growing industries have the opportunity to join a free programme help them build their financial and personal resilience.

Agri-Women’s Development Trust and Ministry of Primary Industries have teamed up to offer the Resilient Farming Business pilot programme in Ashburton.       

The programme consists of two face-to-face full day modules, held one month apart. The programme also includes self-directed pre-module and inter-module work to help participants get the most out of the programme.

Participants must have:

  • financial responsibility for a farming business (or farming business unit)
  • an existing budget
  • the ability to create and monitor a budget
  • the ability to read financial accounts (including a balance sheet and a profit and loss statement).

When: Module 2: Wednesday 4 August

Find out more (external link)
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Empowered Women, Empower us all

The Women of Influence Speaker Series is a chance for you to hear from and engage with a range of Kiwi women who are helping make their communities and the country a better place.

Event: Women of Influence Speaker Series – Networking Breakfast
When: 7.30-9.00am on Thursday 12 August 2021 (doors open from 6:30am)
Where: James Hay Theatre, Christchurch Town Hall, 86 Kilmore Street, Christchurch
Cost: $52.86
Join Women of Influence for a networking breakfast, and hear from some of their amazing speakers including:

Raelene Castle – Sport NZ CEO
Dr Lucy Hone – Resilience and Wellbeing expert
Lucy Blakiston – shityoushouldcareabout co-founder
With host Carmen Parahi (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Hine) – Pou Tiaki Editor, Stuff

Register now (external link)

Come along and learn about the future of technology in Christchurch

Hear what the Smart Christchurch programme is about, and discover how it is exploring technology and approaches that make life better for people and are replicated by others.

It will provide an overview of how technology is being used in improving Christchurch city’s efficiency and resilience.

Event: Women in Tech: Smart Christchurch - Share. Connect. Innovate.
When: Tuesday 24 August, 4:30-6:30pm 
Christchurch City Council, Hereford Street, Christchurch

Hear from Grace de Leon who is the Christchurch City Council’s Smart Christchurch Senior Programme Lead. She has worked with a number of partners in delivering city initiatives that enable Christchurch to be recognised locally and internationally as an innovative city.

Numbers are limited for this free event - register now.

Register now (external link)

Opportunity for Pasifika Community to connect

The Canterbury Pasifika Churches Network's Community Expo is a chance for Pasifika people to connect with service providers and agencies, to find relevant information, ask questions and access resources.

Different services and agencies will be present with information stalls, as well as brief presentations throughout the evening on – Education, Employment, Immigration, Health, Housing and Services.

Over 25 groups and agencies present.

When: Tuesday 10 August, 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Aldersgate Centre, 309 Durham Street North, Christchurch

Find out more (external link)

Women empowering women

The Hiwa Wahine Series gives you the opportunity to hear about inspirational career journeys from other women.

Build confidence as you gain insight into what you can offer an employer and discover the range of support available from training institutions, employers and government to help you take the next step.

This free Series runs over three weeks.

When: Thursday 5, 12 and 19 August, 10am-12pm
Where: Rolleston Community Centre, 94 Rolleston Drive, Rolleston

Book now (external link)

Work inspiration hui for 18-24 year olds

A chance to explore your wellbeing and future work aspirations and learn more about opportunities to guide you towards work.

A range of presentations, kai and activities including:

  • South Canterbury DHB’s Māori Director
  • a well-being  health session from YMCA
  • Education and training from Ara
  • Limited Service Volunteer
  • And much more

Attend one day or both days.

When: Tuesday 3 - Wednesday 4 August, 10.30am–2pm

Where: Te Aitarakihi Multicultural Centre, 50 Bridge Road, Smithfield, Timaru

RSVP: confirm your attendance and if you need transport please email or text 029 9140937

Showcase your business

Come along to the "Got a Trade? Got it Made!" SpeedMeet 2021 event.

You'll have the opportunity to talk about your business with senior students who are looking for work, and can find new staff or apprentices.

And students can meet prospective employers, discover exciting career opportunities in the trades and services industries, and practice interview skills.

When: Thursday 19 August, 9am to 2.30pm
Where: Christchurch Boys' High School, 71 Straven Road, Fendalton, Christchurch

Find out more and register (external link)

Ara Institute of Canterbury drop in clinic

Would you like to find out more about how Ara Institute can support your career journey?

Want to meet in person with someone from Ara Institute to discuss your study options?

Drop in to the following Connected Sites to have a chat with an Ara representative:

When: Tuesdays 10am - 12pm
Where: Connected Linwood, Work and Income Service Centre, 154 Aldwins Road, Linwood

When: Wednesdays 12pm - 2pm
Where: Connected Rangiora, Work and Income Service Centre, 4 High Street, Rangiora

When: Fridays 9.30am - 10.30am
Where: Connected Papanui, Work and Income Service Centre, 56 Langdons Road, Papanui

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.


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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