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Free career advice

Get free in-person advice from a professional career expert in Queenstown, Wanaka, Alexandra and Dunedin.

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.



Thursday 11 August
Thursday 15 September
Thursday 6 October

Where: MSD Service Centre, 57 Tarbert Street, Alexandra



Friday 12 and 26 August
Friday 9 and 16 September
Friday 7 and 21 October

Where: Queenstown Connected Centre, MSD Service Centre, Ground Floor, Building 11, Remarkables Park Town Centre, Frankton (Location will be confirmed on booking for July appointments).



Thursday 25 August
Thursday 8 September
Thursday 20 October


Wanaka Community Hub, 34 McDougall Street 

To book your spot in Queenstown, Alexandra and Wanaka, email


When: Every Wednesday, 10am - 3pm

Where: Connected Centre, 265 Princes Street, Level G John Wickliffe House, Dunedin

To book your spot in Dunedin, email

Cromwell Community Expo

If you live in or around Cromwell come along to find a range of support from community organisations including Connected.

Connected will be onsite available to answer your questions about support for employment, education and training.

Other organisations represented will include:

Social support networks, business, volunteer opportunities, arts and sports.

When: Sunday 7 August, 2pm – 4pm

Where: The Gate Harvest Hotel Conference Room, 6 Barry Avenue, Cromwell

Find out more (external link)

Employment Expo

Need a job? Thinking about study? New graduate opportunities!

The Otago Polytechnic Career Services team are hosting an Employment Expo in the Hub, Dunedin Campus.

This expo will provide you the great opportunity to meet multiple employers with an array of casual, part-time and full-time employment opportunities.

The Connected team will also be present and happy to discuss the many government support options in Employment, Education and Training.

Make sure to pop down and see the many opportunities available to you!

When: Wednesday 17 August, 10.30am - 1pm
Where: The Hub, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin Campus.

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Customer Service Representatives - Dunedin Central

Can you make a difference in peoples lives by providing great customer service?

Do you have previous experience in a customer facing role? Do you want a career with opportunities for growth, progression, and development? This could be the role for you!

Full-time permanent opportunities within a government agency call centre are available with flexible start dates over the next 3 months.

You will ideally need to:

  • a strong passion and purpose for helping those who are in the most need. Solving problems excites you
  • be able to look things up on a computer quickly
  • be adaptable, resilient, and able to quickly think on your feet.
  • be a fantastic verbal communicator
  • be able to work various shifts between Monday - Friday, 6:55am -10pm, and Saturdays, 8am - 2pm
Find out more (external link)

New Cops - Puhikura wāhine Māori

NZ Police - Puhikura Community Recruitment Event (by wāhine Māori, for wāhine Māori) is a unique recruitment evening to attend, watch videos of wāhine Māori who share their career journey, and kōrero with the recruitment team about your skills, experience and background.

Come along to this unique recruitment event to watch their new recruitment campaign, Puhikura. Bring your friends and whānau to watch and have kōrero with Police. Everyone’s background is unique, so they want to help answer questions you may have and help you to plan your application journey.

When: Wednesday 3 August, 6pm

Where: Uruuruwhenua Health Building, 47 Centennial Avenue, Alexandra

RSVP required email

Find out more (external link)

Constructing community for women in trades

Constructing Community - Cromwell is for all women in trades providing support, encouragement and networking for women interested or continuing their career in the construction industry.

Constructing Community hold monthly brunches - come along to meet with others in a supportive environment. Discuss the perks and challenges of the trades environment, and support those starting their career in the trades.

When: Sunday 21 August, 9.30am
Where: Forage Cafe, 6 Barry Avenue, Cromwell

Reach out via email

Follow on Facebook (external link)

Trades apprenticeships

Are you interested in gaining a trade qualification?

Southern Group Training is looking for people interested in gaining a trades qualification in the Dunedin and Queenstown areas.
Apprenticeships are currently available in:

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

CV advice in Queenstown

Do you want help to make your job application stand out from the crowd?

Southern REAP is offering personalised CV advice and will work with you one-on-one to create or update your CV.

Sessions must be booked in advance and are delivered via Zoom, Skype or phone.

Appointments cost $10 and you will receive a digital copy of your new CV on a USB stick.

When: Tuesdays 9am or 10.30am; Thursdays 1pm or 2.30pm

To book, email

Get your licence and improve your job opportunities

How many job adverts mention 'must have a driving licence'? Spoiler alert - a lot! (external site) is a fantastic free resource available to help you prepare for your learner, restricted or full driving licence test. It can also help friends/family that are supporting you to be better instructors.

Learners Licence 

The all important first step to getting behind the wheel. (external site) offers a free interactive road code and official practice tests so you will know when you are ready to ace your test.

Restricted/Full Licence 

Free app and instructional videos so you can master the right skills (instead of your parents bad habits), prepare and know what to expect on test day.

If you need help to access driving lessons then contact your closest Connected office and we can help put you in touch with services in your local area. or

Positive Lifestyle Programme

Enhance your self-confidence and personal life skills to re-engage with your community and get ready to re-enter the workforce.

This free course is delivered one-on-one and can be tailored to your needs but sessions can include:

  • Self-Awareness
  • Anger
  • Depression and Loneliness
  • Stress
  • Grief
  • Assertiveness
  • Self-esteeem
  • Future directions

The Positive Lifestyle Programme is run by the Salvation Army in Queenstown.

To find out more, email

More Otago 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)

Digital skills for work

Improve digital skills and build your online confidence.

You’ll get hands-on experience with useful digital tools that you can take straight back to your work, as well as the chance to collaborate with a friendly and encouraging community of learners. 

If you are interested in this and more courses check out The Mind lab(external site) (external site) .

You may also qualify for a scholarship to cover any course costs.

Primary Industries study opportunities

Are you interested in a career in the primary industries?

There are a huge range of opportunities working with food, fibre, plants and much more.
There are a variety of short courses on offer throughout Otago for you to gain a foot in the door or upskill to progress your career.


Otago Polytechnic Cromwell Campus


Apprenticeship support

The 4Trades programme assists young people into apprenticeships and helps to address Otago’s need for skilled and qualified workers in the trades sector.

A charitable trust, 4Trades offers comprehensive support for businesses and their apprentices.

It helps with compliance costs, payroll processing, responsibility and risk, HR and performance reviews.

Find out more (external link)

Free Digital Upskilling - Dunedin/Mosgiel

Otago Polytechnic Community Learning Centre offer free, short courses to upskill in the digital and pre employment space.

The Community Learning Centre offers a positive and encouraging learning environment. All learning is self-paced so you can integrate your study into your daily routine.

Flexible delivery allows you to complete your learning online or at the Dunedin Centre where you will have access to their computers and experienced facilitators if you need guidance or support.

Short courses available include:

  • Microsoft Word,
  • Excel,
  • Powerpoint 
  • Google Docs,
  • Cloud storage,
  • CV creation, and more. 


   Mosgiel Community Learning 7 Hartstonge Avenue, Mosgiel
   South Dunedin Hub - 199 Hillside Road, South Dunedin

Find out more email or

More details (external link)

INNOV8HQ Mana Rangatahi Programme

Mana Rangatahi is a youth development programme (18-24years) focused on re-establishing life skills and aligning these with life, career ambitions and related skill pathways for youth in Otago.

The foundation of this programme is ‘Ko wai au? Who am I? framework’ which allows you to unlock your cultural identity, ambitions and natural capabilities to identify your pathway forwards:

  • Being your Own Boss - Entrepreneurship-self-employment
  • Being Career ready - employment preparation/ job placement
  • Being curious to learn more, up-skill - explores further education and training.
  • Being a great Youth Leader and Ambassador

INNOV8HQ are based in Dunedin but as the programme is delivered via online and in person sessions this is fantastic opportunity for young people throughout Otago.

Register your interest (external link)

Literacy Aotearoa upcoming courses

Literacy Aotearoa offers free courses to help you take charge of your life by improving your reading, writing and maths skills. 

Class sizes are kept small to make sure you get the help you need to succeed.


Adult Literacy, Language and Numeracy classes are taking enrolments now.

To register your interest in any of these Queenstown based courses email -


The following course are available:

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

To learn more about Dunedin courses, get in touch Phone: 477 2055, or email

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 Otago.

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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Your business and tax

Inland Revenue offers free webinars to help you set up correctly to meet your tax obligations whether you are new to business, GST or employing staff.

Inland Revenue offers three different practical webinars:

  • Starting a business? Introduction to Business is a two hour seminar. Learn about the different ways to structure your business, expenses you can claim, and how income tax and provisional tax works.
  • Are you registered for GST or thinking of registering for GST? Attend the two hour webinar on GST. Learn about who needs to register for GST, what GST is charged on, what information must be recorded and how to send this to us, and ceasing your GST registration.
  • Are you employing? In the Employers webinar learn about who needs to register as an employer, and what information must be recorded and how to send to IR.

These webinars are run on a fortnightly rotation, register today!

Introduction to Business

Wednesday 10 August, 7pm (external site)

Tuesday 16 August, 4pm (external site)


Tuesday 9 August, 10am (external site)

Tuesday 6 September, 10am (external site)


Tuesday 23 August, 10am (external site)

Tuesday 20 September, 10am (external site)

Support for Māori in business

Te Kupeka Umaka Māori Ki Āraiteuru (KUMA) have a vision to bring Māori together to enhance their individual professional and business success through our collective support with a Te Tiriti lens.

KUMA operate throughout Otago, Southland and Central Otago so reach out to find out more about how KUMA can support you and your business aspirations. Or grab a cup of tea and watch them introduce themselves and their services. (external site)

If you are thinking of self-employment or already involved in a small business come along to one of their upcoming events.

Lunch Hui
When: Wednesday 10 August, 12.30pm - 2pm
Location will be advised depending on numbers

Find out more (external link)

Start your own business in Queenstown

Start Up Queenstown Lakes are now offering their Kick Start programme free of charge if you live in the Queenstown lakes region.

Complete the self-paced 10 course modules online and ondemand.

The 6-week programme is delivered online and focuses on how to:

  • build your business model
  • develop a unique value proposition
  • reach your customers
  • develop revenue streams
  • build out your idea
  • deal with legal and accounting matters
  • launch your business.

Once you have completed the course book a free call with the Start Up Queenstown business mentors.

Sign up and get started (external link)

Free business clinic

Enterprise Dunedin is offering a free half-hour business clinic.

Whether you’re a start-up, an established operation or a self-employed worker, you can get support from Enterprise Dunedin’s Business Clinic.

The confidential one-to-one clinic offers:

  • advice on council and government regulations
  • liaison with relevant council departments
  • guidance for start-ups
  • referrals to other business support agencies, mentors and assistance
  • information about government-funded schemes.

Bookings are essential for the business clinic, which is available on weekdays.

Find out more (external link)

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 August, so sign up today.

Find out more and apply (external link)

GoodYarn: Workshops for Queenstown tourism businesses

Queenstown NZ has partnered with the Southern Wellbeing Trust to roll out GoodYarn.

GoodYarn is a peer-delivered mental wellbeing programme to support the local small business community.

For more information, or to register your company's interest - email:

Find out more (external link)

Tourism Communities: Support, Recovery and Re-Set Plan

Applications for the Business Advisory Support and Advice Implementation Grant can be accepted from Monday 6 September 2021 for eligible tourism businesses based in the Queenstown Lakes District.

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)

Southern Business Growth and Support Webinars

Looking for business support? Watch the 13 pre-recorded webinars from the Southern Business Growth and Support virtual conference at your leisure.

These webinars are a fantastic starting point to finding out how the different organisations offer support within Otago and Southland for your growing business.

  • Connected - Connecting you to support for your business and Regional Business Partner Network - Supporting your business to recover and grow
  • Kuma - Bringing Māori people together to enhance their individual and professional and business success
  • Digital Boost - Helping your business move into the digital world
  • Amotai - Unlocking opportunities for Māori and Pasifika businesses through supplier diversity
  • New Zealand Trade and Enterprise - Helping New Zealand businesses to grow internationally
  • Southland Business Chamber - Here to inspire and influence business, and promote, support and encourage sustainable, profitable business growth
  • Great South - Helping your business to grow, innocate and make big things happen.
  • Business South Inc - Providing specialist and tailored business support to help Otago and Southland organisations to succeed and thrive
  • Queenstown Chamber of Commerce - Helping you grow your business. Support to make your business visible.
  • Ministry of Social Development - Work brokerage, financial support and more for you and your business
  • Inland Revenue - Here to support you, whether you’re new to business or need some help to get on the right track
  • - An introduction and update to your rights and responsibilities as an employer
  • - Tools and expert advice from government and industry, designed to help kiwi businesses
Watch anytime (external link)

Whakarite hui ki te toro atu ki tō pokapū Connected ā-rohe kia ako ai koe me pēhea e taea ai e ngā pūtahi kāwanatanga te āwhina i a koe ki te kimi mahi, whakangungu, tautoko pakihi rānei.


Pokapū Mahi Te Manatū Whakahiato Ora/Te Hiranga Tangata
Ground Floor, Building 11
Remarkables Park Town Centre
Queenstown 9300


Pokapū Mahi Te Manatū Whakahiato Ora/Te Hiranga Tangata
John Wickliffe House in the Exchange
265 Princes Street
Dunedin 9016