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Southern Business Growth and Support Virtual Conference

Digitally connecting you with business support and services available to all industry sectors across Otago and Southland.

The Southern Business Growth and Support Virtual Conference is brought to you by and, to connect you with business support and services available, to all industry sectors across the Southern region. Join as many sessions as you’d like, to hear about the offerings provided by the agency presenting.

Register today to find out more.

When: Tuesday 24 May - Thursday 26 May

Tuesday 24 May

12pm - 12.45pm

Connected - Connecting you to support for your business and Regional Business Partner Network - Supporting your business to recover and grow

1pm - 1.45pm 

Kuma - Bringing Māori people together to enhance their individual and professional and business success

2pm - 2.45pm

Digital Boost - Helping your business move into the digital world

3pm - 3.45pm

Amotai - Unlocking opportunities for Māori and Pasifika businesses through supplier diversity

4pm - 4.45pm

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise - Helping New Zealand businesses to grow internationally

Wednesday 25 May

1pm - 1.45pm 

Southland Business Chamber - Here to inspire and influence business, and promote, support and encourage sustainable, profitable business growth

2pm - 2.45pm 

Great South - Helping your business to grow, innocate and make big things happen.

3pm - 3.45pm 

Business South Inc - Providing specialist and tailored business support to help Otago and Southland organisations to succeed and thrive

4pm - 4.45pm 

Queenstown Chamber of Commerce - Helping you grow your business. Support to make your business visible.

Thursday 26 May

1pm - 1.45pm 

Ministry of Social Development - Work brokerage, financial support and more for you and your business

2pm - 2.45pm 

Inland Revenue - Here to support you, whether you’re new to business or need some help to get on the right track

3pm - 3.45pm - An introduction and update to your rights and responsibilities as an employer

4pm - 4.45pm - Tools and expert advice from government and industry, designed to help kiwi businesses

Find out more and register (external link)

Free career advice

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

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 or pop into Connected

When: Wednesdays and Thursdays

Where: Connected centre, Work and Income service centre, 33 Gala Street, Invercargill

To book your spot, email

Book now
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Truck Driving opportunities

Do you have a Class 4 and/or Class 5 truck drivers licence?

Fulltime, part time and casual roles are available with established local companies.

They are looking for team players who are hardworking, reliable and have a good work ethic.

Find out more email

Cleaners needed

Do you take pride in keeping things clean?

Invercargill based employers are searching for part time cleaners.

Duties will include floors, bathrooms, vacuuming and dusting and other general cleaning duties at locations such as commercial and retail businesses, cafés and schools etc. This could also include evenings or weekend work.

You will work to a task list and day routines, have good communication skills and be contactable by phone and email.

Some moderate lifting may be required, so you must be physically fit and healthy.

Previous experience is preferred, but full training will be provided to the right person.

A successful applicant will need the following:

Minimum of a Restricted Drivers Licence and preferably own transport.

The COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021 applies. Mandatory vaccinations for workers | Unite against COVID-19 (

Apply by email

Security Guards needed

Mulitple roles available in security work.   

If you are looking for full-time, part-time or casual security work in Invercargill in an interesting and varied environment, a position awaits you.

Develop your experience and skills to further your career in the industry.

To be successful in this position, you must display a high level of professionalism and personal presentation. Preferred candidates will hold a current Certificate of Approval or have the ability to obtain COA.

You will be able to work alone or in a team environment, be able to meet company operating procedures and health and safety regulations. You must be customer focused with the ability to deal with a range of situations and people.

You will be trustworthy, reliable and display common sense. Full drivers licence preferred as working in a 24/7 industry in a variety of worksites. 

Find out more and apply email

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:

  • General engineering
  • Painting and decorating
  • Roofing
Find out more (external link)

Meat processing workers

Entry Level positions are available at busy meat processing plant approximately 20 minutes from Invercargill.

There are many opportunities to progress within these organisations.

Shifts are rostered and could include Saturdays.

These are seasonal position with up to 11 months work per year.

Applicants will require own transport or a reliable lift to and from the worksite.

Full induction training and additional one to one training is available.

For more information or to apply email

Construction general labourers wanted

General labourers are required various assignments in and around Invercargill.

Work can vary from casual afternoon shifts in Bluff loading containers for export, to builders’ labourers on construction sites, to factory hands.

Hours of work will vary depending on the specific assignment.

Applicants must have a reasonable level of fitness and must be able to pass drug testing procedures.

A minimum of Restricted Class 1 licence and own transport will also be required for certain roles.

For more information email

Community health workers needed

Do you have a strong sense of community and are after a foot in the door to working in public health?

Are you a strong communicator? Do you enjoy working as part of a team? 

This is an exciting opportunity to become part of a great team rolling out a national, mobile health initiative to whanau, communities and workplaces.

Multiple fulltime positions available.

Day to day tasks will include administrative support, identity checks, record maintenance, collecting swabs and administering COVID19 vaccinations.

Full PPE, training and certification will be provided.

Some travel may be required. Drivers License preferred but not necessary.

Being vaccinated is a requirement of this role under the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021.

To find out more and apply: Email

Production workers needed

Varying work is available in and around Invercargill for processing workers.

Shifts could be rostered and may include Saturdays and/or overtime

Applicants must have a reasonable level of fitness and may be required to pass drug testing procedures.

Some positions may require a completed Health and Safety induction course.

Applicants will require their own transport or a reliable lift to and from the worksite. A forklift licence is a bonus, but not essential.

Find out more and apply by email

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)
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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)

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: Wednesday 25 May

Where: Frontine Training, 416 Dee Street, Invercargill

Cost: $287.50 plus GST

Contact Frontline to register your interest in course dates for 2022.

Find out more and register (external link)

Upgrade your digital skills

Do you need an introductory digital technology skills course to help you with general entry level employment opportunities?

Based at SIT Gore Campus, SIT’s New Zealand Certificate in Computing (User Fundamentals) (Level 2) gives you the opportunity to learn computing from the very beginning.

You will learn:

  • How to use business software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access Database.
  • Database application, desktop publishing, image editing, documents and folder organisation.
  • Internet browsers, search engines and communication.
  • Computer systems, security, compliance and troubleshooting.

This qualification will assist graduates in improving digital literacy and capability in society, in a range of personal, community and voluntary areas.

Find out more (external link)

Free skills courses

Frontline Training Consultancy are running a variety of employment taster courses.

These introductory workshops are free of charge. The taster courses are designed to give the basic essential stills needed to start a career in a variety of different employment options.

Course dates are now available for:

  • Taster to reception pathway
  • Hospitality taster
  • Introduction to sales skills
  • Introduction to barista
  • Increase your employability

Email Frontline to register your interest.

Find out more (external link)

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 will be available in 2022:

  • Digital Literacy – Smart Phones
  • Literacy, Language and Numeracy
  • Driver Learner's Licence
  • Intermediate Computing

Also available: Tailored workplace and learning needs. 

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

Learn more about Literacy Aotearoa (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)
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Online course for Māori starting a business

Pakihi offers a free, online short course that enables whānau to realise their potential in business.

Whether you are a new business or have an idea you want to turn into reality this free, online course is for you.

This kaupapa Māori course is designed to help your business move forward, flourish and succeed.

Pakihi will provide you with new skills, a growth plan, mentoring and connections with other business support organisations and networking with other Māori businesses.

Next intake is in June, so sign up today.

Find out more and apply (external link)

Tourism Communities: Support, Recovery and Re-Set Plan

Funding is available for expert advice and support to scale-up your tourism business to prepare for the border reopening.

There are three initiatives from MBIE to support eligible tourism businesses in the Southland District through their recovery:

  • Business Advisory Support Grant
  • Advice Implementation Grant
  • Tourism Kick-Start Fund

Eligibility guidelines and information to help you prepare for your application are available online.

Your business will need to be registered with Great South who will support you through the application and eligibility process.

Find out more (external link)

Digital marketing courses

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

  • Digital strategy
  • Social Media Tips and Tricks

Contact Frontline Training Consultancy to register your interest in attending these free courses are being run in 2022.


Find out more (external link)

Inland Revenue webinars and presentations

Inland Revenue are offering a number of webinars and online presentations to develop your business understanding of taxes and your obligations.

Options include:

  • Employer obligations
  • GST Workshop
  • Introduction to business

Find out more and watch (external link)

Support to hire kiwi's new to the Farming/Dairy Industries

Federated Farmers and MSD have joined to provide support to encourage farmers to hire NZ employees who are new to the sector.

Many New Zealanders jobs have been impacted by COVID 19 and they are looking for new opportunities. This initiative aims to bring potential employees and employers together with a mutually beneficial support scheme.

Provided all eligibility criteria are met the new employee receives a starter kit of farm gear and ongoing pastoral support, the employer can receive a wage subsidy to assist with training costs for the new employee.

Advertise your role free of charge to New Zealand Job Seekers via Work and Income's Jobs during COVID website  (external site)There you will reach people whose jobs have been impacted by Covid-19 and are a registered job seekers.

Once you find the right candidate register with Federated Farmers and they will sort out the rest.

Find out more (external link)

Small business development and growth webinars

A series of free webinars available to support small business development and growth.

Malloch McClean - Chartered Accountants & Business Mentors in Invercargill - bring you webinars and podcasts such as the Small Firm, Big Impact Podcast Series, Xero Introductory Series, The Trust Act 2019 and Farming for Profit webinar. 

Tune in today (external link)

Free Xero Training

Join certified Xero advisors at complimentary 1-hour workshops.

Walk away with tips and tricks about how to navigate Xero like a pro.

Where: Malloch McClean Chartered Accountants & Business Mentors, 101 Don Street, Invercargill


Xero Bills

When: Tuesday 17 May, 12.15pm - 1.00pm


7 Ways to Grow Your Business

When: Thursday 19 May, 12.00pm – 1.00pm


Xero Projects

When: Tuesday 24 May, 12.15pm - 1.15pm

Find out more and register (external link)

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
33 Gala Street
Invercargill 9810

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