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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.

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Horticultural seasonal work

There are job vacancies and excellent careers ready and waiting for you in Central Otago's beautiful orchards and vineyards.

Find out about current vacancies in Otago at www.picknz.co.nz (external site)

Make sure to have a look at the work planner tool (external site) which will show you how you can follow the harvest trail around New Zealand to find ongoing work.

If you want to take up seasonal horticulture or viticulture work for a minimum of 6 weeks, for 30 hours or more, and need support, there may be help available through the New Zealand Seasonal Work Scheme (external site). You don’t have to be on a benefit to qualify for the scheme.

Deep Sea Fishing Cadets

Get ready for a new career path at sea. Pre-employment training is provided and there are multiple roles from galley cooks as well as fishing and catch prep roles available now.

You’ll earn great money and receive up to four months leave per year when you join this hard-working deep sea fishing crew.

The adventure begins with a six day pre-employment course in Nelson (accommodation and meals provided).

You’ll be given specialised training to get you ready for sea.

You will complete NZQA unit standards in:

  • health & safety,
  • firefighting,
  • sea survival, and
  • seafood handling.

You’ll also do practical sessions in the pool, and the gym to test you mentally and physically for the conditions at sea. Upon successfully completing the course, you’ll be invited to join the crew.

Find out more and apply (external link)

Hospitality jobs available now

Are you interested in working in Hospitality? 

Positive Lifestyle Programme

Enhance your self-confidence and personal life skills to re-engage with your community and get ready to re-enter the workforce.

This free course is delivered one-on-one and can be tailored to your needs but sessions can include:

  • Self-Awareness
  • Anger
  • Depression and Loneliness
  • Stress
  • Grief
  • Assertiveness
  • Self-esteeem
  • Future directions

The Positive Lifestyle Programme is run by the Salvation Army in Queenstown.

To find out more, email hine.marchand@salvationarmy.org.nz

Careers in construction

The new Dunedin Hospital will be New Zealand’s largest ever infrastructure project.

For the hospital to be built, up to 300 vacancies will need to be filled in construction-related roles including builders, vinyl layers, general labourers and joiners.

The build will provide a minimum of eight years of steady work in Dunedin, along with opportunities to upskill and train.

If you’d like to consider a career in construction, find out more about salaries, qualifications and career prospects.

Jobs available in Dunedin are:

Jobs available in Queenstown are:

Find out more about construction careers (external link)

CV advice in Queenstown

Do you want help to make your job application stand out from the crowd?

Southern REAP is offering personalised CV advice and will work with you one-on-one to create or update your CV.

Sessions must be booked in advance and are delivered via Zoom, Skype or phone.

Appointments cost $10 and you will receive a digital copy of your new CV on a USB stick.

When: Tuesdays 9am or 10.30am; Thursdays 1pm or 2.30pm

To book, email enquiries@reap.co.nz

More Otago 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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Considering a Career in Viticulture?

Don't miss out on this fee free opportunity to earn a New Zealand Certificate in Cellar Operations (Lvl 3).

During this programme you’ll learn all about:

  • the wine industry,
  • wine making processes,
  • plant and equipment that you’d use as a cellar operator,
  • legislation and regulatory,
  • food safety,
  • workplace and personal health and safety requirements, and
  • how to complete routine cellar operation tasks.

With a mix of practical work experience and field trips, you will be ready to start your career in New Zealand's wine industry.

This full-time course will run from 17 January - 26 May 2022 at the Central Otago Campus of Otago Polytechnic.

Thanks to funding from the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship fund there are no course fees.

Find out more (external link)

Literacy Aotearoa upcoming courses

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

Class sizes are kept small to make sure you get the help you need to succeed.


When: From Tuesday 19 October, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am - 2.30pm

Where: St Andrew's Church, 26 Stanley St 

Expressions of interest are now open for new programmes starting soon in Queenstown.

To register your interest in any of these Queenstown based courses email - info.c10@literacy.org.nz


  • Digital Literacy - Beginning computing - starts Thursday 21 October, 10am - 12.15pm
  • Digital Literacy - Intermediate Computing - Starts Friday 22nd October, 1pm - 3.15pm
  • Literacy Below Starting Points - starts Tuesday 19 October, 1pm-3pm
  • Work Readiness - starts Tuesday 19 October, 10am - 12.15pm
  • Learner Licence - starts Tuesday 19 October, 1pm - 3.15pm
  • Literacy, Language & Numeracy - starts Tuesday 19 October, 9am - 2.30pm
  • Workplace Literacy - for people employed casual/part-time/full-time - enquire with Literacy Aotearoa
  • Healthy Lifestyle- seeking expressions of interest- enquire with Literacy Aotearoa

To learn more about these courses, check out their website www.literacy.org.nz (external site) or contact Phone (03) 477 2055 or Text 022 525 1665, Email info.c10@literacy.org.nz

Short Courses at SIT Queenstown

Get a qualification before Christmas with these short courses starting in November.

  • Upskill, retrain or learn something new today.
  • Design your Life Career Coaching
  • Barista Training
  • Ableton Live Audio Software
  • Excel for Experts
  • Resilience and Wellbeing
  • Sustainable Tourism
Find out more (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)

Free online health and safety courses

Are you a Supervisor, Manager or just want to learn Health & Saftety 101? The Otago Polytechnic have free online Health and Safety Courses available now.

While onsite health and safety can feel a bit like a chore, it is something to take seriously to protect your team and business. In 2020, 3,873 injuries occurred on construction sites in New Zealand, which resulted in more than a week. Learn how to protect yourself, your team and your business.

Find out more and register for the course (external link)

Free 5 day business start up challenge

Do you have an idea for a business? Start Up Queenstown's free '5 DAYS TO START' challenge will help you get your business idea out of your head and onto paper.

You will be sent a daily workbook with focused activities for 5 Days.

At the completion of the 5 Day Challenge - you can book a free session with one of our Startup Coaches who will give you feedback on your plan.

Get started today (external link)

Online resources from your local library

If you aren't currently a library member you can still join now to access a huge range of online resources as a digital member.

Complete the online registration form, select digital only membership and provide the information needed to access free online learning courses, e-books, audio books, films and much more.

Dunedin - Registration form (external site)
If you have any questions please ring 03 474-3690.

Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes Districts Libraries - Registration form (external site)
If you have any questions please email libraries@codc.govt.nz or libraries@qldc.govt.nz

Learn at home

Did you know Kanorau Digital offers online self-paced learning you can do from home?

Kanorau Digital offers this online course at no cost to you, which should take 12-15 hours to complete.  Learn to:

  • Use online connection and communication tools such as Email, Drive, Documents and Calendar.
  • Learn keyboard shortcuts for improved effectiveness and productivity.
  • Evaluate the safety, security, and trustworthiness of online sites and information sources and interact online following digital tikanga.
  • Use digital skills, tools, and help features to effectively find information, and solve day-to-day problems.
  • Compare human and digital factors related to online security.

If you have access to a computer or laptop and are keen to learn.

Register today

Support for apprenticeships

The Regional Apprenticeship Initiative (RAI) supports apprentices and their employers in a range of sectors, with priority given to the construction, primary, manufacturing, engineering and wood processing industries.

The scheme, which is provided by Aukaha in Otago, allows up to $32,000 to an employer per apprentice, which includes a wage subsidy aligned to the Apprenticeship Support Programme.

There is extra funding to help with business support and pastoral care, so employers and apprentices can maintain the apprenticeship.

This funding can be used to provide equipment, tools, clothing and other expenses related to staff training and upskilling.

Find out more (external link)

Apprenticeship support

The 4Trades programme assists young people into apprenticeships and helps to address Otago’s need for skilled and qualified workers in the trades sector.

A charitable trust, 4Trades offers comprehensive support for businesses and their apprentices.

It helps with compliance costs, payroll processing, responsibility and risk, HR and performance reviews.

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 Otago.

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 strategic planning and HR workshops

Are you a not for profit or charitable organisation that needs some assistance with Xero, understanding budgets and cashflow, strategic planning and HR policies?

The Greater Green Island Community Network and Polson Higgs are proud to host these upcoming workshops for any not for profit or charitable organisation.

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  • When: Tuesday 9 November, 6pm–7pm
  • Where: Green Island School (30 max), 3 Howden Street, Green Island, Dunedin

For more information or to register for any of these evenings e-mail ben@greatergreenisland.nz or call 0273762181.

Want to start your own business?

Kick Start, a new business start-up course, could help you to turn your idea into a business plan.

The 6-week programme is delivered online and focuses on how to:

  • build your business model
  • develop a unique value proposition
  • reach your customers
  • develop revenue streams
  • build out your idea
  • deal with legal and accounting matters
  • launch your business. 

The programme costs $56.35 for people living in the Queenstown Lakes District Council area.

The course is hosted by the charitable trust Startup Queenstown Lakes, with special guest experts.

Find out more and register (external link)

Start Up Queenstown

Have you got a new business idea or are you within your 1st year of launching your business? Need some advice but don't know where to start?

Start UP QT Lakes is a charitable Trust funded by Queestown Lakes District Council to help local founders start their entrepreneurial journey. Drop in for a free 15 minute session and have a confidential chat with Queenstown Business Advisor - Marco Dingemans or Wanaka Business Advisor - Jinene Clark.


When: Friday 10 December, 12pm - 2pm

Where: BNZ Partners Centre, 36 Grant Road, Frankton


When: Saturday 6 November, 1pm - 3pm

Where: Wanaka Library, 1 Bullock Creek Lane, Dunmore Street, Wānaka

Tourism Communities: Support, Recovery and Re-Set Plan

Applications for the Business Advisory Support and Advice Implementation Grant can be accepted from Monday 6 September 2021 for eligible tourism businesses based in the Queenstown Lakes District.

Eligible tourism businesses can access funding towards expert advice and support in one or more of the following subject areas:

  • HR and employee relations and legal (e.g. contract law, legal requirements)
  • Financial and cash flow management (e.g. budgeting, forecasting, scenario planning)
  • Health and wellness (e.g. employee mental health and wellness, resilience building and stress management)
  • Business continuity planning (e.g. workforce planning, risk management)
  • Marketing strategy (e.g. digital marketing strategy, branding, digital advertising)
  • Digital enablement strategy (e.g. website development, automated booking)
  • Hibernation and exit advice (e.g. liquidation support)
  • Management capability development (e.g. training services to improve management capability within the business).
Find out more

Inland Revenue business seminars

Inland Revenue seminars provide a wide range of information for people who are already in business as well as those considering a move to self-employment.

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.

All in person workshops are currently on hold at COVID Level 2 but don't worry you can watch pre-recorded webinars to access the support you need.

Find out more: https://www.ird.govt.nz/about-us/videos/webinars (external site)


Find out more (external link)

Health and safety for managers

Are you a manager keen to learn more about how to keep people safe in the workplace?

Take a health and safety course to be guided through your legal obligations and learn strategies to ensure your business is as healthy and as safe as possible.

The all-day course costs $470 (plus GST) for members of Otago Southland Employers Association (OSEA) and $620 (plus GST) for non-members. Participants may be able to gain a subsidy to cover some of the cost from the Management Capability Development Voucher Fund. To find out more about this subsidy, email support@otagorbp.co.nz


When: Monday 1 November, 9am-4pm
Where: OSEA, 16 McBride Street, Dunedin

Find out more and register (external link)

Free business clinic

Enterprise Dunedin is offering a free half-hour business clinic.

Whether you’re a start-up, an established operation or a self-employed worker, you can get support from Enterprise Dunedin’s Business Clinic.

The confidential one-to-one clinic offers:

  • advice on council and government regulations
  • liaison with relevant council departments
  • guidance for start-ups
  • referrals to other business support agencies, mentors and assistance
  • information about government-funded schemes.

Bookings are essential for the business clinic, which is available on weekdays.

Find out more (external link)
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Start your own business

Are you thinking about starting your own business or wanting to continue your current new Startup journey?

“Creating Your Startup – The Rookie Toolbox” is an immersive interactive 4 hour workshop with Melissa Jenner – Founder of START NOW.

This workshop will give you insights into what it takes to survive and thrive as a Founder. Learning about the mindset and the tools you need to be a success.

Where: Sherwood Queenstown - 554 Frankton Road, Queenstown
When: Wednesday 27 October, 1pm - 5pm

Cost: $49 per person

Register now (external link)

Free career advice in Otago

Get free in-person advice from a professional career expert in Queenstown, Wanaka, Alexandra and Dunedin.

Career experts can help you to:

  • make a personalised career plan
  • gain confidence
  • find work or training.

Spaces are limited, so email to book your spot.


Thursday 11 November

MSD Service Centre, 57 Tarbert Street, Alexandra


Friday 29 October
Friday 12 and 26 November

Queenstown Connected Centre, MSD Service Centre, Ground Floor, Building 11, Remarkables Park Town Centre, Frankton


Thursday 28 October
Thursday 25 November

QLDC Wanaka Recreation Centre, The WRC Meeting Room, 41 Sir Tim Wallis Drive, Wanaka

To book your spot in Queenstown, Alexandra and Wanaka, email connectedqueenstown@msd.govt.nz


Thursday 21 and 28 October
Thursday 4, 11, 18 and 25 November

Connected Centre, 265 Princes Street, Level G John Wickliffe House, Dunedin

To book your spot in Dunedin, email connecteddunedin@msd.govt.nz

Free wellbeing support for Southern Lakes Owner Operators

Brought to you by Connect and Care these fun, simple, and practical in-person workshops targeted to business owners will give you tools to manage your wellbeing and business in the climate of COVID-19.

Includes 2 free iFly flights.


Wednesday 17 November, 9am - 12pm (Followed by flight time)
Friday 10 December, 9am - 12pm (Followed by flight time)

Where: iFly - 27 Brecon Street, Queenstown

Email to find out more: mel@connect-and-care.co.nz or call Mel on: 021 077 1471

Find out more (external link)

Working for Families seminar

Are you interested in finding out what Working for Families payments are, about the types of payments and payment options that are available?

Come along to this free seminar to learn more from Inland Revenue and the Ministry of Social Development about:

  • In-work tax credits
  • Secondary tax
  • Tailored tax codes
  • Child support
  • Child care subsidy
  • Out of school care and recreation subsidy

When: Tuesday 28 September, 10am - 11.30am
Where: Connected - Ground Floor, John Wickliffe House, 265 Princes St, Dunedin

Bookings are essential as there are limited spaces available. Please email connecteddunedin@msd.govt.nz to book a spot.

Get ready for work

Southern REAP and QLDC Libraries are offering free workshops to the Queenstown community to improve your computing skills. Workshops will be covering Employment Prep, RealMe and MyMSD.

Employment Prep
- What is a CV/Resume
- Creating and formatting a CV and cover letter
- Online CV and cover letter templates
When: Wednesday 3 November, 10am - 12pm
Where: QLDC Offices, 10 Gorge Road, Queenstown

RealMe & MyMSD
- Learn how to set up RealMe identity and a MyMSD account
- Learn how to use these platforms to engage with government online services
- Learn how to keep your details safe, secure and private
When: Wednesday 10 November, 10am - 12pm
Where: QLDC Offices, 10 Gorge Road, Queenstown

Introduction to Spreadsheets
- Learn how to use Microsoft Excel
- Introduction to a workbook and sheets
- Entering text and numbers, creating a simple formula
When: Tuesday 23 November 10.00am - 12.00pm
Where: QLDC Offices, 10 Gorge Road Queenstown

Spaces are limited - email enquiries@reap.co.nz to book your spot.

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Help with food

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

If you need food and other essential items, please take a look at the guidelines covid19.govt.nz(external site) (external site)

To find a foodbank in Otago (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

Family violence services

Family violence is violence or abuse of any type, perpetrated by one family member against another and it's not ok. 

Need help?

Find out more

Online learning, ebooks, audiobooks and more

If you aren't currently a library member you can still join now to access a huge range of online resources as a digital member.

Complete the online registration form, select digital only membership and provide the information needed to access free online learning courses, e-books, audio books, films and much more.

Dunedin - Register online (external site)  - If you have any questions please ring 03 474-3690

Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes Districts Libraries - Register online (external site) - If you have any questions please email libraries@codc.govt.nz or libraries@qldc.govt.nz

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 business.govt.nz 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.

South Island business helpline 0800 505 096

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
Ground Floor, Building 11
Remarkables Park Town Centre
Queenstown 9300


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
John Wickliffe House in the Exchange
265 Princes Street
Dunedin 9016

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