West Coast

Find jobs, courses, business support and events in the rugged West Coast, renowned for its natural resources and trailblazing spirit

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Free career advice

Get free advice from a professional career expert in Greymouth.

Career experts can help you to:

• make a personalised career plan

• gain confidence

• write your CV.

Spaces are limited, so email to book your spot.


When: Fridays

Where: online

To book, email: connectedgreymouth@msd.govt.nz

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The great outdoors

Does working outside appeal? This could be the job for you.

Jobs 4 Nature offer flexible working hours both part time and fulltime.

Work is based in Hokitika and surrounding areas, transport to site each day and training provided.

For more information connectedgreymouth@msd.govt.nz 

Find out more (external link)

Jobs 4 Nature

Be part of an exciting new team as part of the Jobs for Nature program, helping to identify, control and monitor pest weeds throughout the Westland/South Westland region.

Based in Hokitika and the majority of the work is in the Westland region with a number of our projects requiring the odd night or two in the field. Some projects may require longer periods away, sometimes up to a week at a time, so you must be comfortable with working away from home.

The work is physically demanding, so having an interest in health and fitness outside of your job would be desirable. If you don’t thrive on keeping fit you may find you’re going to really struggle.

Most of this work will be manual weed control (hand tools, knapsacks etc) and some mechanically assisted (chainsaws, scrubbars, etc)

Email connectedgreymouth@msd.govt.nz to register your interest.

More West Coast 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)

Upskill with Tai Poutini

Take a look at short courses options available in Greymouth and Westport that will step you into the workforce.

These courses vary from 1 day to 3 full days of training and you may qualify for free training.  Training courses for May are now open for applications online

Greymouth campus:

  • Forklift training, Thursday 25 May

Westport campus:

  • Barista Training, Friday 13 May
  • Elevated Work Platforms, Monday 16 May
  • Confined Space Entry, Tuesday 17 May and Wednesday 18 May
  • Forklift Training, Tuesday 24 May
  • Height Safety refresher,
  • LCQ Training

For further inquiries email info@tpp.ac.nz 

Find out more (external link)

Westport deep sea fishing

Offers a 10 week programme which supports those who want a career in the NZ Fishing industry.

Learn about what it takes to be a deep sea fisherperson and attend this residential programme which offers a shared room, breakfast and evening meals 7-days a week. You will be expected to muck in and help with cleaning and cooking.

If you are interested in getting work in the Commercial Fishing Industry, complete an application form and talk to your local Work & Income branch about the referral process, or call 0800 Deepsea.

To obtain a copy of the application form, please email connectedgreymouth@msd.govt.nz

Tech Week 2022

Tech week will be showcasing and celebrating innovation on the West Coast from Friday 20 May to Friday 27 May.

Techweek is a mix of live, virtual and hybrid events, many are free, so there’s something to suit everyone, including:

  • Creating and expanding your online presence
  • VR and the Metaverse
  • Digital Wellbeing - Te Iwi Matihiko
  • Digital art and design using blender

For events at Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers on Friday 27 May (external site)

Full schedule (external link)

What's your next step?

Coast Connect employment and careers hub is there for you.

Open to the public at TPP's Greymouth campus (73-87 Tainui Street) and you're welcome to drop in any time.

At the hub, you'll be able to speak with Coast Connect staff to get help:

  • preparing your CV,
  • considering study options,
  • learning interview skills and more

Call 0800 800 411 for more information

Find out more (external link)

Tai Poutini Polytechnic Youth Guarantee Scheme

Are you eligible for a YGS place?

You must be a NZ citizen or ordinarily resident in NZ, 19 - 17 years of age; or 15 years of age at the time of commencing your study, and have an early leaving exemption from school.

Programmes are all full-year and half-year at Level 1 to Level 3.

For more information info@tpp.ac.nz

Got questions?

Choose your course

Whatever level you’d like to study at, you can find a course to suit you in West Coast.

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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TRENZ Hui 2022 online

Are we 'Ready to Welcome' back tourists to Aotearoa?

 New Zealand looks forward to our borders reopening, the team are excited that these events will start reconnecting New Zealand tourism operators with the international travel trade to facilitate new business.

Registrations for TRENZ Hui 2022 online are now open for their 'Virtual speaker programme'

When: Wednesday 25 May, 1pm-4.30pm and Thursday 26 May, 9 am - 12.30pm
Cost: $65

Find out more and register (external link)

Support to grow your business

What does success look like for your business? Development West Coast is there to help.

Development West Coast have a team of capability and growth advisors to help define what success looks like for you and your business and what support you need to achieve this.

Business mentors - DWC in partnership with Business Mentors NZ (BMNZ) offers a mentoring service introducing small business owners and social enterprise executive officers to skilled Business Mentors. Mentors can assist you to advance your business capability, capacity and sustainability by sharing their knowledge and experience.

Capability development - Focusing on small to medium businesses to support growth and improvement by building the capability of business owners, managers and key personnel. Indvidual businesses may be able to access up to 50% of the costs for training and coaching.

Commercial Finance - DWC can provide a range of commercial financing options to West Coast businesses, including commercial lending, equity investment and guarantees.

Find out more (external link)

Upskill your team

Want to take on new staff? Upskill may be able to help.

Upskill employment and training consultants work with employers across the West Coast, developing industry training programmes to enable new recruits and existing staff to gain the skills your business needs.

A new regional employment and training scheme from Development West Coast, Upskill aims to help create sustainable employment opportunities and develop current staff to ensure West Coast businesses succeed long-term.

Find out more (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
112-116 Mackay Street
Greymouth 7805

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