Otago

Find jobs, courses, business support and events in Otago, a region world-famous for its wine production and natural beauty

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Seasonal work in Central Otago

Pickers and packers are needed for the apple and grape harvest in Central Otago.    

While these are seasonal jobs, many may be the start of a long-term career with opportunities to grow and advance.

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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.

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Labouring work in Queenstown

Fulltime labouring roles are available now in Queenstown, for an immediate start.

Candidates with a driver licence and their own transport are preferred.

Find out more by emailing workcentral@msd.govt.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.  

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Beginner shearing courses

Interested in a career in shearing? Elite Wool Industry Training is running beginner shearing courses in Otago.

Courses will run in South Otago (Clinton) and North Otago (Oamaru) on Tuesday 27 April to Friday 30 April.

The course will provide practical training in topics including: 

  • health and safety
  • animal welfare and animal handling
  • handpiece set-up and comb selection
  • machine and handpiece maintenance
  • basic woolhandling

introductory shearing.

Book online (external link)

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.

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Horticulture taster courses

If you’re interested in a career in the horticulture industry, you can complete a series of free online courses and gain digital badges to add to your CV.   

These taster courses will enable you to learn about the apple and pear industry, from orchard to fruit bowl.

The digital badges you can gain from completing the courses will demonstrate your commitment to the horticulture industry and give future employers the confidence that you are ready for a job in their company.

The courses are run by GoHort, an initiative that showcases careers and opportunities in New Zealand’s horticulture industry. 

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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. 

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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.

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Support through COVID-19

Otago Regional Business Partners provide an ongoing programme of webinars to support Otago businesses through COVID-19.

These webinars are recorded to ensure they are available to anyone interested in viewing them.

See all webinars (external link)

Pop-up careers advice

Get advice from a professional career expert for free in Queenstown and Alexandra.

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.

QUEENSTOWN

When:

Thursday 22 April, 10am-5pm

Friday 23 April, 9am-5pm

Thursday 29 April, 10am-5pm

Where:

Connected centre, Work and Income service Centre, Remarkables Park Shopping Centre, Frankton

ALEXANDRA

When:

Friday 30 April, 10am-5pm

Where:

Connected centre, Work and Income service centre, 57 Tarbert Street, Alexandra

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Inland Revenue business seminars

Inland Revenue will be delivering seminars for businesses.

Whether you have an existing business or are considering a move to self-employment, these workshops will provide a wide range of information.

GST workshops:

  • Tuesday 20 April, 5pm, Phillip Laing House, 144 Rattray Street, Dunedin.
  • Tuesday 27 April, 10.30am-12.30pm, Frankton Library, Remarkables House, 26 Hawthorne Drive, Queenstown.

Introduction to business seminars:

  • Tue 27 April, 1.30pm-3.30pm, Frankton Library, Remarkables House, 26 Hawthorne Drive, Queenstown.

If you’re not able to attend in person, Inland Revenue also offers online seminars covering the same information.

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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.

Queenstown

MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
Ground Floor, Building 11
Remarkables Park Town Centre
Frankton
Queenstown 9300

Dunedin

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

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