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Jobs available at local timber company

Multiple roles available for drivers, machine operators, nightshift factory workers and a dispatch planner.

  • Dayshift and Nightshift Factory workers/machine operators – no experience required as full training is provided for enthusiastic, reliable and motivated staff.
  • Livestock driver – (based in Mataura) – experience required
  • Sower Operator - (based in Mataura) – experience required
  • Dayshift and Nightshift Log Truck drivers – experience required
  • Part time Loader Driver – experience required, 1 to 2 days per week unloading log trucks at the Niagara log yard.
  • Log Yard Assistant – this is a great entry into the industry giving you experience and exposure to larger trucks: parking trucks at night, cleaning trucks, etc before being supported through their licences and onto a log truck driver. Class 2 licence required
  • Forestry Dispatcher Planner – this is a rare opportunity for someone who is computer literate, handles pressure, is a good multitasker and a strong communicator. This role’s main function is planning and coordinating log trucks around Southland and Otago.  Full training will be provided as long as you have the skills needed.

In late October we will have a further 13 Nightshift factory roles at the Reman plant

  • 8 on the Paint Line (1 of the 8 will be required to have a FL license and FL experience)
  • 5 on the Weinig

Paint line roles are physical, messy and repetitious – this is a role that requires attention to detail, and physical fitness.The responsibilities of these roles include, painting timber, quality control and machine set up.Full training is provided.

Weinig roles – are repetitious, and require employees to be physically fit, and have an attention to detail. The responsibilities of these roles include the feeding of timber into ripsaw and removing timber from the ripsaw outfeed.

If you are interested in any of these roles please contact  - ATTN: Chris Cullen

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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.  

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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.

Computer Refresher

When: Tuesday 17 August, 9am-3pm
Where: Frontline Training Consultancy, 416 Dee Street, Invercargill

Introduction To Computing

When: Tuesday 31 August, 9am-3pm
Where: Frontline Training Consultancy, 416 Dee Street, Invercargill

Find out more and enrol (external link)

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
The course is five days a week, 8am to 5pm
There may be guest speakers in evenings

Applicants should be over 16 years of age at the commencement of the programme and hold a minimum of a Restricted Class 1 driver’s license (clean).
Intake 1 dates: 12 July to 20 August
Intake 2 dates: 02 August to 10 September
Intake 3 dates: 23 August to 01 October
Intake 4 dates: 13 September to 22 October

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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.

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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.

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Free digital and social media marketing courses

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

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

Social Media Tips and Tricks
When: Wednesday 4 and 25 August, 9am-1pm
Where: Frontline Training Consultancy, 416 Dee Street, Invercargill

Find out more and enrol (external link)

Building your business plan

This 2 hour session will provide advice on how to build a clear and concise business plan.

The session includes:

  • Outlining your business vision
  • Setting goals to achieving this
  • Defining your funding and budget

Cost for attendance is:

Not for profit organisations $50.00

Southland Chamber of Commerce members $125.00

Non-Members $200.00

When: Thursday 19 August, 9am-11am

Where: Kelvin Hotel, 20 Kelvin Street, Invercargill 

Find out more and register (external link)

Do you have a great business idea but not sure what to do next?

Bring your business idea to an activator session for business advice to help you take things to the next level.

This is your chance to talk through your idea and get focused feedback from the team at Coin South.
When: Tuesday 3 August, 9am - 12pm
Where: Coin Southy, 42 Don Street

You will need to book your session.

Register now (external link)

Wanting to innovate? Hear from the experts!

This free information session for local businesses will help you solve technical challenges, provide information on R&D funding and funding support for upskilling in innovation such as Lean, Digital Lean and Beyond IP.

Brought to you by Callaghan Innovation with the support of Great Southland Invercargill.

Thursday 12 August, 12-2pm. Presentation is at 1pm followed by a light lunch and networking.

Great South Boardroom, 143 Spey Street, Invercargill

Registration is essential and these close on Thursday 5 August. Please email to secure your spot.

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Are you new to New Zealand and looking for work in Southland?

There are multiple free workshops on offer that can help you prepare for work if you're new to New Zealand.

Workshop 1: Exploring local communication challenges workshop
When: Wednesday 18 August, 2pm to 3:30pm.
Where: Great South Board Room, 143 Spey Street, Invercargill

Workshop 1 covers the differences in how New Zealanders communicate and will provide tips on how to communicate your own ideas.

Workshop 2: Getting an edge in the NZ job market
When: Thursday 19 August 7.00pm to 8.30pm.
Where: Great South Board Room
143 Spey Street, Invercargill
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Workshop 2 will provide tips on what to include in your CV and how to do a good interview.

Workshop 3: Body language across cultures
When: Friday 20 August 10.00am to 11.30ampm.
Where: Great South Board Room
143 Spey Street, Invercargill

Workshop 3 covers common body language gestures and aims to prevent cross-cultural confusion.

Spaces are limited - register now by choosing the workshop/s you are keen to attend and email

Kick It Women's Festival

Southland Business Chamber are running the Kick It Women’s Festival from the 14th to 30th of August.

Come along to the free panel event where Lou Evans from Coin South talks to women from the Southland Business Chambers Leadership Academy – discussing how they've developed their leadership skills, and their aspirations for the future.

Panel members include:
Michelle Findlater - GWD Motor Group
Anna Dix - BNZ
Jessica Domigan - Active Southland
Serena Lyders - Whānau Consultancy Services
Julie Jack - Invercargill Airport

Where: COIN South, Hub 1, 42 Don Street, Invercargill
When: Wednesday 18 August, 6pm-7.30pm

Check Facebook @KINDWomenSouth to see what other events are being held.

Register here (external link)

Want to learn more about the world of work and careers?

CareerFest gives you the chance to meet employers, training providers and tertiary institutions and make concrete career plans.

CareerFest is open to anyone - from students and young people looking for their first job or next steps in training or education to those seeking a career change or retraining.

By learning more about the types of employment opportunities that will be available in the region for the next 10 years you'll be able to clarify your career or study goals.


Thursday 29 July, 11am-12.15pm, 1.15pm-3pm and 5pm-7.30pm

Friday 30 July, 9-12.30pm

Where: ILT Stadium Southland, Glengarry, Invercargill

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Free career advice

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

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

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