Find jobs, courses, business support and events in the wild and beautiful Southland region, an agricultural powerhouse

southland region v2

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.


Trades apprenticeships

Are you interested in gaining a trade qualification?

Southern Group Training is looking for people interested in gaining a trades qualification.

Apprenticeships are currently available in bricklaying, general engineering, carpentry, roofing and floor and wall tiling.

Find out more (external link)

More Southland 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)
Computer course

Literacy Aotearoa upcoming courses

Literacy Aotearoa in Invercargill have a wide range of courses running this term with rolling intakes.

Whether you want to upskill in the digital world, better your literacy and numeracy skills, get help with sitting your learner license, learn about leading a healthy lifestyle of if you're already in employment and need a bit of help with your numeracy and literacy there is a course suitable for all.

All classes are held at the Literacy Aotearoa campus, Unit 2/41 Leet Street, Invercargill.

The following courses are now open for people to join:

Digital Literacy – Smart Phones:
Thursday 21 October - Friday 19 November, 10am-12pm

Literacy, Language and Numeracy:
Tuesdays and Wednesdays from Tuesday 19 October, 9am-3pm

Driver Learner's Licence:
Starts Thursday 21 October, 9am-1.30pm

Intermediate Computing:
Tuesdays and Wednesdays from Tuesday 19 October, 9am-3pm

Also available: Tailored workplace and learning needs. Contact Literacy Aotearoa Invercargill for dates and times.

To enquire email, ring the office on (03) 214 5524 or text 022 085 1767.

Learn more about Literacy Aotearoa (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 computing courses

Frontline Training Consultancy are running a variety of computing courses.

These introductory and refresher workshops are free of charge. The refresher course is for people wanting to refresh existing skills and develop confidence and ability. The introductory course is for people new to Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.

Taster to Reception
Where: Frontline Training Consultancy, 416 Dee Street, Invercargill

  • Thursday 21 October, 9am-3pm
  • Wedesday 24 November, 9am-3pm

Computer refresher
Where: Frontline Training Consultancy, 416 Dee Street, Invercargill

  • Tuesday 2 November, 9am-3pm

Introduction To Computing
Where: Frontline Training Consultancy, 416 Dee Street, Invercargill

  • Tuesday 19 October, 9am-3pm
  • Tuesday 16 November, 9am-3pm
Find out more and enrol (external link)

Learn Sign Language online

Start learning New Zealand Sign Language basics like 'Hello', 'Kia ora' and 'How are you?' and build your capability from there.

This beginners course will also teach you about Deaf culture and Deaf awareness. This 8 week course will be delivered online via zoom and is brought to you by Southern REAP and New Zealand Sign Language for You.

When: Every Wednesday, 20 October - 8 December, 6pm - 7pm.
Cost: $40 per person

Email to find out more and enrol.

Upskill in hospitality

If you work in licensed premises, an NZQA-accredited qualification could help you gain the skills needed to become a duty manager.

The Licence Controller Qualification (LCQ) covers your legal responsibilities to comply with liquor legislation and with your duties as a host.

You can gain the qualification in a one-day course or by distance learning.

When: Tuesday 26 October, 9am-3.30pm
Where: Frontline Training Consultancy, 416 Dee Street, Invercargill
Cost: $287.50 including GST

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 Southland.

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)

Tourism Communities: Support, Recovery and Re-Set Plan

Applications for the Business Advisory Support and Advice Implementation Grant are now open for eligible tourism businesses based in the Southland District Council Area.

Eligible tourism businesses can access funding towards expert advice 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 (external link)

7 ways to grow your business

Malloch McClean - Chartered Accountants and Business Mentors - are running a complimentary 1 hour workshop designed to support your business growth.

This workshop will give you strategies that will help your business reach new heights.

You will:

  • Look closely at your business and be challenged to adapt
  • Learn how to set a roadmap and dashboard for your business
  • Discover how to measure and maximise business efficiency
  • Learn how the seven ways to grow your business impact your profit and cashflow
  • Learn how to adapt the seven ways to grow to your business

When: Tuesday 2 November, 12.15pm to 1.15pm
Where: Malloch McClean - 101 Don Street Invercargill

Find out more and register (external link)

Free digital marketing courses

Frontline Training Consultancy are running free workshops on Digital Marketing Strategy and Social Media Tips and Tricks.

Digital Strategy
When: Friday 3 November, 9am-3pm
Where: Frontline Training Consultancy, 416 Dee Street, Invercargill

Social Media Tips and Tricks
When: Wednesday 20 October, 9am-1pm
Where: Frontline Training Consultancy, 416 Dee Street, Invercargill

Find out more and enrol (external link)
shutterstock 537053086

Cross-cultural communication

Great South are hosting interactive 2 workshops on communication across cultures.

These free workshops are open to anyone who may be finding cross-cultural communication a challenge including migrants, employers and team leaders.

The workshops will help attendees overcome communication obstacles, understand the kiwi communication style and understand common body language gestures which may be causing cross-cultural misunderstanding.

Workshop 1: Exploring Local Communication Challenges
When: Tuesday 9 November, 10am - 11.30am
Where: Great South, 143 Spey Street, Invercargill
Find out more and register (external site)

Workshop 2: Body Language Across Cultures
When: Tuesday 9 November, 2pm - 3.30pm
Great South, 143 Spey Street, Invercargill
Find out more and register (external site)

Free career advice in Invercargill

Book a one-to-one session with a career expert to make a personalised career plan.

If you are exploring studying or training, or want assistance to prepare your CV, book a session with an experienced career expert.

Wednesday 9.30am-4.30pm
Thursday: 9am-4.30pm
Where: Connected centre, Work and Income service centre, 33 Gala Street, Invercargill

To book your spot, email

Book now
Foodbank in COVID

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 site) (external site)

To find a foodbank in Southland (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

District libraries have an extensive range of free digital media available anywhere with an internet connection, 24/7. 

Available options include:

  • Online learning - courses to do at your own pace
  • ebooks
  • audiobooks
  • online newspapers and magazines
  • and more

Check what is on offer from your local library.

Invercargill Library (external site)

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 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
33 Gala Street
Invercargill 9810

Would you like to appear on this page?

If you have an employment, education or training initiative or event that you’d like included on this page, send us the details. Please include your email address so we can get back to you.

Last modified: