Find jobs, courses, business support and events in the Nelson-Tasman region, a leading fisheries hub and craft beer pioneer

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Interested in a career in the seafood industry?

A local seafood company has multiple roles available from Galley, Cooks, Fishing cadets and Catch prep roles.

You'll start with a 6-day pre-employment course in Nelson to get you ready with specialised training to head to sea.

As a part of this programme you'll work through NZQA qualifications in health & safety, firefighting, sea survival, and seafood handling. There'll also be practical sesions in the pool and the gym to test you mentally and physically for sea conditions.

If you live out of Nelson, you may be eligible for accommodation and food, you just need to get to Nelson.

These roles need to be filled by Monday 27 September.

Find out more and apply (external link)

Alliance meatworks is hiring

Alliance meatworks is looking for full-time temporary night-shift workers.

Preference is given to anyone with meat process work experience, experience in animal/yard care or knife skills. The hours of this shift are Monday to Friday, 4.30pm - 2.30am, so you'll need reliable transport.

Apply here (external site) and once completed please email with subject op# 21599264

Food production factory are hiring

A Brightwater food production factory is looking for team members to work in the juice and dairy manufacturing facility.

You'll be trained in all factory processes which can include blending, packing, cleaning, machine operations, and associated compliance and paperwork.

Preference will go to anyone with an understanding of health and safety and food safety experience. You must have a restricted licence and reliable transport to get to and from work.

The roster is Monday to Friday, 32-40 hours a week (mainly 7am-3pm or 3pm-11pm). Permanent and fixed-term contracts available. $20 + starting rate (depending on relevant experience).

If this sounds like you, please email: and include in the subject line: Job Op# 21553703

Support for young job seekers

If you’re aged 16-24, Youth Employment Success could help you gain confidence in your chosen industry.

Youth Employment Success gives rangatahi opportunities to meet youth-friendly employers who can help them explore the industry they’re interested in.

Find out more (external link)

More Nelson-Tasman 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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Truck and heavy vehicle driver training

If you're over 18 and interested in getting your Wheels, Tracks and Rollers (WTR) licence and working in civil construction - Assess It are running a 2-week course from Monday 26 July to Friday 6 August.

If this sounds like you, please email: and quote: 'Access It Course July'.

Free Introduction to Automotive Engineering course

This is a free 5-month programme run by MITO and is designed for people that have left secondary school and are interested in working in the automotive industry.

In this course, you'll complete unit standards online via eLearning and have access to videos, learning activities, and course assesments that can be accessed at anytime and from any device eg: mobile phone, tablet, or PC.

On completion, you'll receive micro-credential which certifies the achievement of skills and knowledge approved by NZQA.

Find out more and enrol (external link)

Civil construction programme for young Māori

Civil construction firm Downer are looking for rangitahi who are interested in working for a large infrastructure company.

Whakatipu Tētēkura is a 1 week marae based training programme for Māori youth aged between 17 and 24 years.

You will gain life skills, training and qualifications to get you ready for work. There are 4 fulltime employment opportunities based in Nelson at the end of this programme.

The programme is based in Christchurch, and Downer will cover the cost for travel. You will need a minimum of restricted drivers licence (learners is ok if you are able to sit your restricted).

When: Monday 26 July - Friday 30 July

Find out more and apply at (external site)

or email your CV to

Pathways into study and employment

The NZ Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 1) can give young people the skills and confidence needed to gain entry-level jobs or go on to further study at Level 3 and above at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT).

Students benefit from hands-on practical activities, classroom learning, real-life experience, project-based work and 1-1 class support.

The next Nelson course starts on September 13, and there are courses throughout the year.

Where: NMIT Nelson campus, 322 Hardy Street, Nelson

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 Nelson-Tasman

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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Learn to make the most out of your business

Are you interested in learning how Lean could benefit your business?

This programme will help:

  • identify customer value-adding activities
  • inefficiencies across your business
  • improve planning, staff engagement
  • customer value
  • inventory and production flow
  • create a continuous culture of improvement.

Eligible businesses have access to a Lean Coach to help implement Lean over a 12-month period.

When: Wednesday 10 November, 8.30am-4.30pm
Where: Trailways Hotel, 66 Trafalgar Street, Nelson
Cost: $65 for one-day workshop

For more info, email

Visit Callaghan Innovation's Lean webpage (external link)

Starting a business in Nelson?

Learn how to make it easier to manage your tax obligations.

Inland Revenue’s free Introduction to Business seminar can help you learn about topics including:

  • working smarter with Inland Revenue’s online services
  • business structures
  • income tax
  • expenses you can claim
  • record keeping.

When: Wednesday 18 August, 10am
Where: 65B Commercial St, Takaka.
Register for Takaka seminar (external site)

Free GST workshop

Inland Revenue is running free GST workshops in Nelson and Takaka.

Designed for sole traders, partnerships and other small businesses, the seminars are hands-on, interactive sessions where you can learn to complete a cashbook and GST return.

When: Wednesday 28th July 1.30pm
Where: Level 5, Civic House, Cnr Trafalgar and Halifax Streets, Nelson
Find out more and register (external site)

When: Wednesday 18 August, 1.30pm
Where: 65B Commercial Street, Takaka
Find out more and register (external site)

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Free Career Advice

Would you like free advice from a career expert to help you take your next step into work, study or training?

If so, book a free one-to-one session with a career professional to make a personalised career plan or create a CV.

A career advisor will be available every Friday for appointments starting from Friday 23 July at Nelson Connected, Work and Income Office, 22 Bridge Street, Nelson.

To make an appointment please email with 'Connected' in the subject line.

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
22 Bridge Street
Nelson 7010

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