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Support for refugees

Are you from a refugee background?

NZ Red Cross pathways to employment programme helps former refugees plan employment, education, training and career goals to ultimately find work.

Red Cross staff can also support you and your employer when you start work.

Drop into Connected to talk to one of the Red Cross team.

When: Every Tuesday, 10am-12pm
Where: Connected centre, Work and Income service centre, 317-327 High Street, Lower Hutt

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Health support workers wanted now

Would you like a job where you can make a genuine difference in people's lives?

Community and disability support providers and rest homes throughout Wairarapa are looking for kind, caring, capable and reliable staff.

There is a range of jobs available, with workplace-assessed, pay progressive NZQA qualifications. 

You could be working in someone's home, a community-based group home, a residential facility or a rest home.  Job tasks are varied and interesting and may include:

  • community outings
  • assistance with dressing and/or mobility
  • personal caring
  • household management. 

To find out more or apply, email gcw_wairarapa@msd.govt.nz

Work in a timbermill

Full-time roles are available in a timber processing/manufacturing plant.

Staff benefits include discounted firewood, national qualifications training, social club, long service pay and a superannuation scheme.

The jobs involve working a 5-day rotational shift (6am-2.30pm, 2pm-10.30pm, 10pm - 6.30am) or a 4-day shift (5am-3.30pm).

Day shifts or night shifts only may be available in the 5-day shift.

To find out more or apply, email gcw_wairarapa@msd.govt.nz

Calling all labourers

Labourers are needed for scaffolding, labouring and construction work. 

Workers will be required to erect and dismantle scaffolds, learn the concrete trade, or be hammer hands or builder’s labourers.

Applicants must have a minimum restricted driver’s licence.

For more information, email wellington_employment_centre@msd.govt.nz

Find seasonal work

Hundreds of seasonal jobs are available in the Wairarapa right now.

For many seasonal jobs, skills and experiences aren’t necessary.

If you want to take up seasonal horticulture or viticulture work lasting for six weeks or more and need support, you may be able to access help through the New Zealand Seasonal Work Scheme.

To find out more about seasonal work in the Wairarapa and about the New Zealand Seasonal Work Scheme, email gcw_wairarapa@msd.govt.nz

More Wellington 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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Agricultural course for women

Are you keen on farming and want to learn more? Develop your skills and gain confidence with a 3-day Women in Agriculture course.

The programme will give you basic skills to work in primary industries, such as backing a trailer, putting up an electric fence, sharpening a knife, fixing a leaking pipe and driving a tractor.

The course is free and includes accommodation and meals.

Monday 23 August - Wednesday 25 August

Where: Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, 529 Cornwall Road, Masterton

Find out more and apply (external link)

Free introduction to farm vehicles

Learn about farm vehicles and improve your driving skills with a free 5-day Introduction to Farm Vehicles course.

The course will introduce you to range farm vehicles, including motorbikes, quad bikes, side-by-side (LUV) and tractors. You will also learn about pre-start checks, maintenance and operations.

The free course includes accommodation and weekday meals.

Monday 9 August - Friday 13 August

Where: Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, 529 Cornwall Road, Masterton

Find out more and apply (external link)

Take a business computing course

Are you looking for work but need to upskill?

A fees-free NZQA-accredited Level 2 course could teach you how to use Microsoft Office Suite and a range of computing programmes and digital tools.

You’ll develop your computing skills to be able to work in a modern digital work environment.

The course can be completed full-time or part-time.

The course is for any learners aged over 20 who don’t already hold a qualification at Level 2 or above.

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 Wellington

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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Student Research & Development Experience Grants

Are you a Wellington based business looking to develop new products or services?

Through Research & Development (R&D) Experience Grants, Callaghan Innovation funds tertiary-level students with relevant skills into real world R&D work experience.

WellingtonNZ can help your business get access to Callaghan Innovation's funding and services and give you advise to support your innovation.

Applications for 2021/2022 R&D Experience Grants are open from 2 August to 30 September.

Find out more (external link)

Learn how to use social media for your business

This workshop is so you can learn how to use Facebook and Instagram to start or grow your business.

The event provides the most up-to-date education for small businesses directly from the Facebook team.

Whether you're a seasoned Facebook and Instagram user or starting out in using these platforms for your business, all skill levels are welcome.

When: Friday 13 August, 12 - 5pm
Where: Te Wharewaka o Pōneke, Taranaki Street Wharf, Wellington

Find out more and register (external link)

Tax workshop for employers

Inland Revenue’s free employers' workshop will give you an overview of its website and introduce you to key tools and resources, to make it easier to manage your tax obligations.

This workshop is a hands-on interactive session where you will learn how to:

  • calculate PAYE and other deductions
  • complete a monthly wage summary for two employees
  • file your employer monthly returns online.

The workshop is ideal for sole traders, partnerships, and other small businesses.

When: Wednesday 25 August, 9.30am
Where: Aurora Centre, Level 1, 66 The Terrace, Wellington
Find out more and register (external site)

Starting a business?

Learn how to make it easier to manage your tax obligations.

Inland Revenue’s free Introduction to Business seminar can help you learn about topics including:

  • working smarter with Inland Revenue’s online services
  • business structures
  • income tax
  • expenses you can claim
  • record keeping.


When: Wednesday 4 August, 9.30am
Where: REAP Wairarapa, 340 Queen Street, Masterton
Register now (external site)

Lower Hutt

When: Monday 9 August, 1pm
Where: Pelorus Trust House, Hutt Park, Gracefield, Lower Hutt
Register now (external site)


When: Monday 16 August, 09.30am
Where: 12 Hagley Street, Porirua
Register now (external site)


When: Tuesday 24 August, 09.30am
Where: Aurora Centre, Level 1, 56 The Terrace, Wellington
Register now (external site)

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Free Employment, Education, Training and Business support advice

Do you need advice on employment, education, training or business support?

If so then pop into Lower Hutt and talk to Connected's Wellington Employment Liaison Advisor about available assistance.

When: Thursday 12 August, 12-1pm
Where: Petone Library, 7 Britannia Street, Petone

Open days at Whitireia and WelTec

Come along to an open day in Porirua, Petone or Wellington to find out what it would be like to study at Whitireia or WelTec.

There's a huge choice of qualifications and subjects, including nursing, beauty, creativity, business and construction.


When: Wednesday 11 August. Session 1: 1-4pm. Session 2: 6-8pm
Where: Petone Campus, 21 Kensington Avenue


When: Friday 20 August, 9am-3pm
Te Auaha Campus, 66 Dixon Street
Hospitality Campus, 52 Cuba Street

Register now (external link)

APM Employment Service

Have a disability or health condition and want to work?

APM understands how daunting it can be to return to the world of work, especially if you're living with the challenges of a disability or health condition.

Drop in to Connected to talk to APM about support to prepare for work, find a job and stay in employment.

When: Every Friday, 9am-12pm
Where: Connected centre, Work and Income service centre, 49-51 Lincoln Road, Masterton

Lower Hutt
When: Every Tuesday, 9am-3pm
Where: Connected centre, Work and Income service centre, 317-327 High Street, Lower Hutt

Looking for employment?

Pasifika Consulting can help you with upskilling, employment opportunities, personal development training and ongoing support.

A representative from Pasifika Consulting will be at the Connected centres in Lower Hutt and Porirua to help you achieve your goals.

Lower Hutt
When: Every Thursday, 9am-3pm
Where: Connected centre, Work and Income service centre, 317-327 High Street, Lower Hutt

When: Every Tuesday, 9am-3pm
Where: Connected Centre, Work and Income service centre, 4 Lydney Place, Porirua

Looking for a trade apprenticeship?

If you’re a Work and Income client looking for a job in the construction industry, pop into Connected Porirua to talk to someone from Kiwi Can Do and see if they can offer you a place on a pre-employment course.

Kiwi Can Do recruits 100 Work and Income job seekers to become trainees each month.

When: Wednesdays, 9am-3pm
Where: Connected Porirua, Work and Income service centre, 4 Lydney Place, Porirua

Employment placement for young people

Future Leaders’ Youth FOCUS Programme is an employment placement service for young people aged 18-24.

The work preparation and mentoring programme develops self-leadership, empowering rangatahi to increase their confidence, team-building and work readiness skills.

The personal development and work preparation areas it covers include goal setting, CVs, exploring work and study options, personal presentation, confidence and communication, teamwork, motivation and interviewing for the workforce.

There's no need to book - just drop in.

When: Every Monday, 9am-3pm

Where: Porirua Connected centre, Work and Income service centre, 4 Lydney Place, Porirua

Find out more (external link)

Build your financial capability

Are you struggling with finances in your current job, or need help with your finances to gain a job? If so, you could get free financial advice in Masterton from an expert.

Building Financial Capability (BFC) is a service that helps people, families and whānau experiencing hardship to build their financial capability and resilience.

BFC takes a strengths-based approach to empower people to get control of their money, set goals and achieve long-term, sustainable change. 

No appointment is needed – just drop in.

When: Every Tuesday, 1pm–3pm

Where: Connected centre, Work and Income service centre, 49-51 Lincoln Road, Masterton

Career advice

Get free career advice from an expert, to help you gain confidence, make a plan and take your next steps into work or training.

Discuss your short and long term career goals with a professional career advisor.  They can help you create your CV and cover letters, understand your transferrable skills and find out how you can use them in a new job or training.

Careers advisors will be in the Masterton, Lower Hutt and Porirua Connected centres.   



When: Every Thursday, 9am-4pm, and every Friday, 10am-2pm

Where: Connected centre, Work and Income service centre, 49-51 Lincoln Road

How to book: Email Gcw_wairarapa@msd.govt.nz


Lower Hutt

When: Every Wednesday, 11am-4.30pm

Where: Connected centre, Work and Income service centre, 317-327 High Street

How to book: Email Hutt_Employment_Central@msd.govt.nz



When: Every Thursday, 9am-3pm

Where: Connected Centre, Work and Income service centre, 4 Lydney Place

How to book: Email Porirua_Employment_Centre@msd.govt.nz

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
49-51 Lincoln Road
Masterton 5810

Lower Hutt

MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
317-327 High Street
Lower Hutt 5010


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
4 Lydney Place
Porirua 5022

Wellington (Willis Street)

MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
195 Willis Street
Wellington 6011

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