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

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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 the Nelson region, get in touch with

Find out more (external link)
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Pathways into Primary Industries

Are you interested in work in one of New Zealands primary industries?

New Zealand has long been known as the land of milk and honey but there are a lot of other paths your career could take if you step into the primary industries. Take the careers quiz (external site) to get an idea of where you could fit in!

Even if you have never worked in any primary industry your transferrable skills can open many doors and the team at Primary ITO will help to match you up with the right training pathway and employer to get you where you want to go.

Register your interest today.

Find out more and register (external link)

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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Get your Certificate in Hospitality

Are you aged 16-19? Are you interested in a career in Hospitality?

Study for your NZ Certificate in Hospitality (Level 2) and NCEA Level 2 in their 30 week programme at the Nelson Training Centre. This includes a 2 week term breaks obeserved by mainstream schools. Start when you want, the course is offered on a rolling intake.

You will learn in a very practical and hands on learning environment and work experience within local hospitality businesses for suitable learners.

This is a youth guarantee funded programme (so free for those aged 16-19).
Students 18yrs + are eligible for Student Allowance through Studylink while participating on this programme.

If this sounds like you, or you want to find out more, contact

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NZ Certificate in Joinery

Take your joinery career to the next level by becoming a craftsperson specialising in cabinetry, timber door and windows, timber stairs, and laminate fabrication.

Depending on your employment circumstances and career aspirations, you can choose one strand, or all four strands if you wish to attain 'craftsman' certification.

Your training (which is delivered by way of block courses and evening classes) will fill gaps in your experience that might otherwise have been gained in your workplace.

This programme is designed for individuals who are working in the industry and is typically achieved in a workplace environment while completing an apprenticeship.

The New Zealand Certificate in Joinery Level 4 typically takes 2-4 years to complete depending on what strand you choose.

This qualification covers:

  • Health and safety
  • Legislation
  • Communication
  • Materials and manufacturing methods
  • Use of tools and equipment
  • Drawings and specifications

Next course starts Friday 1 July.

Register here (external link)

Study options with NMIT

Not sure of your next step?

NMIT offers a free career conversation service so pop in for a chat?  No strings attached.   

NMIT has some great, free study options under the Targeted Training and Apprenticeship (TTAF) funding which allow study next year, without using up your ‘fees free’ funding.

These include:

  • IT,
  • aquaculture,
  • trades,
  • viticulture,
  • horticulture programmes, and
  • more.

Book a chat (external link)

Cadet courses with Talleys

Fishing, harvesting and processing of food is a vital part of getting food to Aotearoa and beyond.  

Explore the options available to you through working for Talleys.  Throughout your career, you may be able to move into roles such as factory managers or ultimately skipper a fishing vessel.

Get a taster for what a career with Talleys could look like for you by attending this 5 day course.

After your sea training the career opportunities with Talleys are as wide as the horizon. Accommodation is available.

The programme covers all induction onsite at Talleys HQ, pool simulating at sea conditions, survival training, personal trainer and a dietician.

If this sparks your interest the next course starts Monday 4 April, and a course will be run monthly.

Find out more (external link)

Trouble with English? ESOL

Is English your second language? Do you want to improve your English?

Join a free ESOL class with Literacy Aotearoa.

Expect small group classes taught by an experienced and friendly tutor in a positive learning environment.

Starts: Every Tuesday from 2 May to Tuesday 4 July, 6pm - 9pm.

Where: 34 Montgomery Square, Phoenix Arcade, Nelson

Find out more and register

Reach your potential with Literacy Aotearoa

Literacy Aotearoa is established to develop, promote and deliver accessible, quality literacy services designed to help you reach your full potential.

They offer a varierty of free courses (all with rolling intake):

  • Literacy & Numeracy,
  • Basic Computing Digital Literacy,
  • Supported Learning,
  • CV & Cover Letter programme,
  • Learner Licence,
  • Digital Literacy (Documents, Word, Excel),
  • Class 2 Licence,
  • Literacy & Financing my Future.

If you are interested in any of these courses, please contact Literacy Aotearoa on 03 548 3041 or checkout the Literacy Aotearoa website (external site).

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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Introduction to Business

Thinking about self employment, or starting your own Business?

IRD has introduction to business seminars covering:

  • the different types of business structures and record keeping
  • what expenses and depreciation you can claim, and how to claim these
  • how income tax and provisional tax works for business

All seminars are currently online, a link will be sent to you once you register.


When: Tuesday 7 June, 10am.

Register here (external site)


When: Thursday 7 July, 10am.

Register here (external site)

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GST Workshop

Free GST workshop where you will learn to complete a cashbook, and GST return.

This workshop is a hands-on interactive session where you will learn to complete a cashbook and GST return. It is ideal for sole traders, partnerships and other small businesses.

This workshop covers:

-What is GST
-GST registration
-Record keeping-cash book
-Basic adjustments
-GST filing (online and manual) and payment
-Online services

It is recommended that you attend the 'Introduction to business' tax seminar before attending this GST workshop where possible.

All seminars are now online.


When: Tuesday 7 June, 1.30pm.

Register to attend (external site)


When: Thursday 7 July, 1.30pm.

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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.

To make an appointment please email We will then connect you with the Careers Practitioner.

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
22 Bridge Street
Nelson 7010

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