Training

Information on training available, including cadetships and trades.

Opportunity Grows Here

Ministry for Primary Industries

If you’re looking for education or training in the primary sector, there are opportunities available around New Zealand.  Whether you're looking for on the job training or a career change there are qualifcations and courses available at all levels around New Zealand. 

About What it's about

Our farmers, growers, winemakers, and fishers helped keep the country working through COVID-19 and will be essential to New Zealand’s recovery. And you can be part of it. We need people with a range of interests, skills, experiences, and backgrounds.

Who Who it's for

Anyone looking for a viable career option, training and roles, in particular New Zealanders unemployed as a result of COVID-19.

Offers What it offers

There are courses available across New Zealand including farming (dairy, beef and sheep), food processing, wine producing, forestry, seafood, and horticulture. There are some available right now, while others offer taster and training courses before you start work.  

It’s not just opportunities in rural or labour based roles. There are roles in science, technology, business management, logistics, animal welfare, marketing, research and development. Roles cover a wide range of exciting work and career options. Many you may not have thought of. 

Choose a Vocation For a Better Future

Tertiary Education Commission

Whether you're looking for your first job or retraining, there are hundreds of options with vocational education and training. You can study towards nationally recognised qualifications online, in a classroom or on the job where you can earn while you learn.

About What it's about

Vocational education and training programmes teach skills that you can use in specific jobs. There are hundreds of options and several ways to learn.

You can study online or in the classroom. You can also do an apprenticeship, which lets you earn while you learn on the job.

Who Who it's for

New Zealanders who are looking for a career path or want to retrain. It is also helpful for people whose employment has been affected by COVID-19.

Offers What it offers

Learn about resources and financial support that you might be able to get to help pay for your study or training.

Skills for Industry

Ministry of Social Development

With Skills for Industry you may be able to get help with short job-focused training to help you get the skills you need to get into work.

About What it's about

Skills for Industry is all about getting people work ready for industries that need new employees. We run courses depending on industry demand and work with construction, infrastructure, agriculture, healthcare and more.

Who Who it's for

Skills for Industry is for people in New Zealand who want to train or re-train to be work ready.

Offers What it offers

Skills for Industry courses usually include:

  • entry level training:
    • health and safety
    • business or industry induction
    • basic skills training, including licences
  • on-the-job training
  • industry qualifications once in employment
  • in-work support

Services Academies

Ministry of Education

The Services Academies can support you to stay engaged in learning, help you gain improved qualifications, and prepare to move successfully into the workforce or further education and training.

About What it's about

The Services Academies programme is run within secondary schools in partnership with the New Zealand Defence Force. The aim is to support future pathways for priority students through improvement of NCEA qualifications and development of leadership and life skills.

Who Who it's for

The target student group is year 12 and 13 students who are at risk of disengaging or have disengaged from school.

Offers What it offers

  • Encourages students to stay engaged in learning by providing a motivating and disciplined programme.
  • Supports students to develop their self-confidence through participation in youth life skills and leadership courses.
  • Helps students to gain improved qualifications and help them prepare to move successfully into the workforce or further education and training.

Trades Academies

Ministry of Education

A Trades Academy programme may be for you if you’re still at school and interested in a career in Construction and Infrastructure, Creative Industries, Manufacturing and Technology, Primary Industries, Services Industries, or Social and Community Services.

About What it's about

Trades Academies are partnerships between schools, tertiary institutions, industry training organisations, and employers; that provide a massive range of learning opportunities in trades or other industry-related areas.

Who Who it's for

Students in years 11-13 who are interested in a career in the Trades, Technology or Industry.

Offers What it offers

Trades Academies motivate students to stay engaged in learning and training by providing them with a greater number of options for study, provide students with clear pathways post-school, and give them a head-start on training for vocational qualifications and employment.

Careers and Vocational Pathway Events across New Zealand

Ministry of Education

Learn about online and face-to-face events in your region that are helping connect students to employers, pathways, careers and the world of work.

About What it's about

Learn more about the world of trades and vocational pathways. Through attending these events, you can gain inside knowledge about what it’s like to work in a range of industries from employers and industry professionals who really know what they’re talking about.

Who Who it's for

Students and whānau across New Zealand who want to explore their pathway and career options directly with employers.

Offers What it offers

These events focus on a range of sectors including Construction and Infrastructure, Primary Industries, Engineering (including automotive), Social and Community Services, Tourism, Retail and Hospitality, and the Technology and Creative sectors.

The aim for these events is to:

  • Expose young people to the world of work through face to face and digital connections
  • Ensure young people continue to have quality education to employment engagements
  • Involve students and whānau in career pathway conversations.

Limited Services Volunteer (LSV) course

Ministry of Social Development

A free 6-week live-in training course run by the New Zealand Defence Force, where you’ll learn life skills to help you find work.

About What it's about

You will learn life skills, confidence and have a willingness to learn and grow in their future workplace.

Who Who it's for

Young people aged 18-24, 17 year olds on a case by case basis, who are ready to make a change and want to find work, further training or study.

Offers What it offers

Graduates will meet new people and take part in a range of activities to:

  • increase your confidence
  • earn NZQA credits
  • learn new skills
  • get fit and healthy
  • be proud of yourself.

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