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Retail jobs available

Are you interested in working in retail?

There are various retail sales opportunities in Queenstown and Wanaka - apply for any of the following roles below:

Jobs available in Queenstown:
Snowboard retail sales supervisor (external site)
Retail Sales Supervisor (external site)
Retail Arcade Sales Supervisor (external site) 

Jobs available in Wanaka:
Retail Sales Assistant - Outdoor Power Equipment (external site) 

Cafe owner

Hospitality Jobs available now

Are you interested in working in Hospitality? There are various roles available in food preparation and serving related occupations in Dunedin right now.

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:

Find out more about construction careers (external link)

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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Fees free agricultural contractor courses

If you're interested in becoming an agricultural or rural contractor, 6-week fees free courses are being run in Invercargill and Telford.

The course includes agricultural training, driver training and work placement and is being run by Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) Telford, Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) Invercargill with the support of Ministry of Primary Industries.

Applicants should be over 16 years of age at the start of the course need to have a minimum Restricted Class 1 driver’s license (clean).

  • Two weeks Agriculture training at SIT’s Telford Campus
  • Two weeks driver training at SIT's Invercargill Campus
  • Two weeks work placement with a contractor company

2021 Intake 2: 2 August to 10 September
2021 Intake 3: 23 August to 1 October
2021 Intake 4: 13 September to 22 October

Find out more (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.

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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Start or grow your business with social media

Designed to help business promote 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 27 August 12pm - 5pm
Where: Findex HQ Dunedin, 44 York Place, Dunedin

Register now (external link)

Course for entrepreneurs in the Queenstown Lakes

Do you have a business plan you are wanting to launch? Or do you have an existing new business that you want to take to the next level?

Then the 'Lift Off' programme could be for you.

This 7 week programme delivered online is hosted by the charitable trust Startup Queenstown Lakes, with special guest experts.
Cost: $286.35 incl GST for residents of Queenstown Lakes District Council and Central Otago District Council.

Find out more and enrol (external link)

Dunedin Business Expo

Dunedin Business Expo is an opportunity to promote your products and services and network with the business community.

The expo is returning to Dunedin and bookings are now being taken for exhibit sites.

When: Thursday, 26 August, 5:15pm–7pm
where: The HUB, Otago Polytechnic, Forth Street, Dunedin

Register for your site (external link)

Become a better leader

Develop your leadership abilities with The Leadership Academy.

The Leadership Academy is for people who have the potential to hold senior positions and governance roles, and want to become better equipped for leadership within an organisation or business and in the community.

The programme is made up of 8 sessions, each led by a senior executive from an Otago-based business or other organisation.

Each group is limited to a maximum of 12 people.

The fee for all 8 sessions is $1,725 (including GST). 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: Every Friday from 6 August to 24 September
Where: Otago Chamber of Commerce, Level 3, 442 Moray Place, Dunedin

Find out more and register (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: Tuesday 24 August, 9am-4pm
Where: Brydone Hotel, 115 Thames Street, Oamaru


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)

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.

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

Workshops/seminars in Queenstown

GST workshop: Wednesday 25 August, 10.30am
Where: Frankton Library, Remarkables House, 26 Hawthorne Drive, Queenstown

Introduction to business seminar: Wednesday 25 August, 1.30pm
Where: Frankton Library, Remarkables House, 26 Hawthorne Drive, Queenstown

Workshops/seminars in Dunedin

Employer workshop: Tuesday 10 August, 1pm
Where: Phillip Laing House, 144 Rattray Street

Introduction to business seminar: Tuesday 17 August, 1pm
Where: Phillip Laing House, 144 Rattray Street

Find out more (external link)
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Keen to get free career advice?

Get free in-person advice from a professional career expert in Queenstown, Wanaka or 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.


  • Friday 13 August, 9am-5pm
  • Thursday 26 August, 9am-5pm
  • Friday 27 August 9am-5pm

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

When: Thursday 26 August, 10am-3pm
Where: Wanaka Community Hub, 34 McDougall Street, Wanaka

When: Thursday 12 August, 10am-5pm
Where: Work and Income service centre, 57 Tarbert Street, Alexandra

To book your spot, email connectedqueenstown@msd.govt.nz

Attend a pop-up job shop

Are you looking at taking your next steps towards work, and need support?

Come along to the Otago pop-up job shop event for:

  • job search strategies
  • CV, cover letter and interview tips
  • study and training options
  • advice on the 'hidden' job market and networking
  • one-on-one advice from career professionals.

When: Friday 13 August, 10am-12pm
Where: Dunningham Room, Dunedin Public Library, 230 Moray Place, Dunedin Central, Dunedin

Find out more (external link)

Working Differently

Are you interested in working remotely or how to manage a remote team?

This programme brought to you by Queenstown Lakes District Council and Central Otago District Council will kick off with an in-person workshop and be followed by self-paced e-learning modules.

When: Wednesday 11 August, 1pm-4pm
Where: Queenstown Events Centre, Joe Oconnell Drive, Frankton

Free of charge for residents of Queenstown Lakes District Council or Central Otago District Council area.

Find out more and register (external link)

Wellbeing with Sir John Kirwan

Mental health support for the horticulture industry supported by the Ministry for Primary Industries and NZ Apples and Pears Inc.

This free mental health workshop is designed for business owners, their staff and whānau working in the New Zealand horticulture industry. Come along to hear Sir John Kirwan share his powerful story of reaching the very top of his sport, his mental health journey, and how you can help yourself and those around you by prioritising your wellbeing.

When: Tuesday 31 August, 5-7pm

Where: Alexandra Community Centre Hall, 15 Skird Street, Alexandra

Register for free (external link)

Growing Future Farmers Open Day

Thinking about a career in farming? Head along to the Growing Future Farmers Open Day to learn more.

The Growing Future Farmers programme provides essential farm skills through to advanced farm skills and business management. This two year programme offers an array of specialised industry training and development and formal NZQA learning that includes classroom lectures, independent study and cluster group sessions.

When: Friday 13 August, 10am - 2pm
Where: 75 Awakino Road, Kurow

Find out more (external link)

Connecting students and employers

SpeedMeet brings together students and employers – speed-dating style.

It’s a great opportunity for senior students who are ready for work, or will be looking for work within the next six months, to discover all the exciting careers available in the trades and services industries. And it's a great way for employers to find new staff or apprentices.

When: Thursday 16 September, 9.00am - 2.30pm
Where: Wakatipu High School, 47/49 Red Oaks Drive, Frankton, Queenstown

Registrations close Tuesday 10 August.

Students - talk to your school's careers advisor about attending and find out more about a career in the trades (external site)
Employers who are looking to recruit staff or apprentices - register here (external site)

Central Otago Youth Expo

Organised by Punarangatahi Youth Trust in Alexandra, this expo gives young people the chance to connect with community services available to them.

It is also a fantastic opportunity to meet local employers, tertiary providers, training institutes, government departments and regional youth services.

When: Monday 2 August, 9am-5pm
Where: Molyneux Stadium, Boundary Road, Alexandra

Find out more (external link)

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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