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Free career advice

Get free in-person advice from a professional career expert in Christchurch.

This session can provide you with advice on:

  • Studying or training
  • Changing careers
  • Preparing your CV and cover letter
  • Job applications

Spaces are limited, so email to book your spot.

Linwood Connected Centre
When: Every Monday and Tuesday 
Where: Connected Centre, Work and Income, 154 Aldwins Road

Linwood Library
When: Thursday
Where: Linwood Library, First Floor, Eastgate Mall, Buckleys Road

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When: Monday and Thursday
Where: Connected Centre, Work and Income, 56 Langdons Road

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When: Tuesday and Wednesday
Where: Connected Centre, Work and Income, 4 High Street

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When: Monday - Friday
Where: Connected Centre, Work and Income, 25 Shands Road

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When: Wednesday and Friday 
Where: Connected Centre, Work and Income, 39 Durham Street South

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Inspiring the Future

Calling all North Canterbury Youth.

Are you a young person in the North Canterbury area looking for career inspiration?

Come along to Inspiring the Future! Here you will have the opportunity to hear from everyday people in your community,
learn about their jobs and why they love doing them.

Inspiring the Future opens career possibilities you might not have considered before.

When: Thursday 21 March, 10.30am - 12.30pm
Where: Rangiora Baptist Church, 111 East Belt, Rangiora

Spaces are limited. To register email, us at:

Work Ready Mission - Connected Path to Success

Set yourself up for work-ready success with the right tools and resources.

This series of six workshops is designed to guide you towards your employment goals.

You’ll be provided with invaluable resources and support.

These workshops are offered by Christchurch City Mission and Connected to empower you.

A certificate and coffee voucher for Thrive café will be given to those who attend all 6 sessions.

Where: Christchurch City Mission, 276-284 Hereford Street
When: Fortnightly Mondays (11/03 to 20/05), 1:30pm - 2:30pm

A celebration session will be held on Monday 27 May.

If you have any questions, please email:

EmpowHER - Connecting Selwyn Ethnic Women

Celebrate International Women’s day and support the Selwyn ethnic women through a free one-day seminar.

If you're thinking about entering the workforce, gaining more confidence and networking experience, then this is the event for you.

You will also have the chance to hear from keynote speakers, Lu Hunter of Peas Project and Amanda Smidt of The Career Development Company.

At the seminar, you will have the chance to learn more about:

  • Entering the workplace
  • Understanding your core values
  • Networking with other ethnic women in the community

There will also be a question and answer session with a complimentary lunch.

When: Friday 8 March, 9:30am - 2:30pm
Where: Lincoln Event Centre, 15 Meijer Drive, Lincoln

Register today (external link)

ŌCHT Job Fair

Are you an ŌCHT tenant looking for work?

You are invited to attend this job fair where you can meet potential employers and training providers with a focus on preparing you for the workforce.

There will also be a showcase of upcoming events and support options.

When: Tuesday 12 March, 10am - 12pm
Where: Aldersgate Centre, 309 Durham Street North Central, Christchurch

Te Pūkenga drop in sessions

Looking for help with your study/career direction?

Meet with Connected and Ministry of Social Development representatives and find information on employment, education and training opportunities.

Drop in and chat about:

  • Your study or training options,
  • Changing careers,
  • CVs and cover letters and
  • Hear about other ways Connected can help you.

When: Wednesdays fortnightly (from 21 February), 11:30am – 1:30pm
Where: Cafe, Ara Institute of Canterbury/Te Pūkenga campus, 32 Arthur Street, Timaru

Drop in or email

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Junior Trade Assistant

Are you looking to explore the world of Heat Pumps and Home Ventilation Systems and Servicing?

You will be required to learn on the job. You will be working as a part of a tight-knit team of electricians, automation engineers and apprentices.

To be successful in this role, you will have a willingness to learn. Customer service and sales skills is an advantage.

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Customer Service Representative

Come and work for Christchurch City Council to make a difference in your local community.

Be the first point of call for the council and respond to your communities needs.

You will be given the chance to learn and work in a supportive environment.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A Customer Service background within a large or complex organisation
  • Experience with technology
  • A customer focus
  • A positive attitude.
Learn more (external link)

Work for Ashburton District Council

Are you interested in joining a dynamic local government organisation?

Here is an opportunity for you to join the local authority that supports one of New Zealand's fastest growing and thriving communities.

You are looking at working for an organisation that has an array of interesting projects and initiatives going on along with a diverse and passionate workforce.

Some of the current job opportunities include:

  • Property and Rates Officer
  • Policy Advisor
  • Lifeguard

Check the opportunities (external link)


Are you a qualified Automotive Technician with a Warrant of Fitness ticket?

Join a well-established automotive workshop and get a chance to:

  • Perform vehicle diagnostics, repairs, and maintenance
  • Conduct Warrant of Fitness (WoF) inspections
  • Be part of a team that ensures efficient workflow

You will also receive the following benefits:

  • Positive and team-focused working environment
  • Competitive wages
  • Great start benefits
  • No work on weekends
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Join EA Networks

Join a well-established company that helps keep the lights on and the web connected.

This is your opportunity to join a dedicated team working on making networks and services better, faster and more efficient. You will be part of a locally owned, successful, and industry-leading business.

Current job opportunities include:

  • Customer Connections Support
  • Vegetation Access Coordinator
  • Network Controller
See the opportunities (external link)


Fantastic opportunity to work in Frame and Truss fabrication.

Join a reputable frame and truss fabrication company in Harewood, where you’ll be:

  • Assisting on the factory floor
  • Loading saws
  • Carrying out various general labouring tasks.

You will need to be physically fit, have 'Health and Safety' awareness and be a team player.

Find out more (external link)

Emerge Aotearoa careers

Do you want to help people realise their potential?

Join a team of people who support others to live their best life through developing and providing essential services.
Emerge Aotearoa embraces diversity and people from all walks of life, and you will be able to share your own stories and experiences to build relationships and connect.

Career Opportunities include:

  • Peer Support Workers Phone Line - Christchurch (fixed-term)
  • Support Workers - Timaru (permanent full-time, part-time, and casual roles)
Learn more (external link)

More Canterbury 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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Taking the First Step

Join a confidence building and pre-employment course for women.

This is a course run during school terms that can help you:

  • Discover your strengths
  • Build confidence and self-esteem
  • Develop relevant skills

When: Course runs for 3 days per week over 4 weeks during school term, from 9:30am-2:30pm.

  • Term 2: 08 May – 12 June
  • Term 3: 31 July - 04 September
  • Term 4: 23 October – 27 November
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NZ Certificate in Foundation Skills

Are you aged 16–24 years old? Is mainstream education not your thing?

Gain NCEA qualifications through this free Youth Guarantee programme.

You can gain your certificate in foundation skills level 1 and 2 as well as NCEA level 1 and 2.

YMCA can support you into further study, apprenticeships, and employment. You’ll get one-to-one support from skilled tutors,
which is a big advantage in unlocking your ability to succeed. Classes are small, relaxed, and friendly.

Email: for more information

NZMA Youth Guarantee Courses

Are you 16-24 years and need training to prepare you for your future?

If you're not sure what to do, take the first step with a Level 2 Foundation course or one of NZMA's excellent Level 3 courses. 

Why should you choose these courses?

  • Your study will be completely free
  • Classes are small and tutors are awesome
  • You'll gain qualifications and skills that will help you get a job
  • You won't be stuck in the classroom all day

 Courses you can choose:

  • Foundation Skills (Level 2)
  • Foundation Skills - Trades (Level 2)
  • Foundation Skills in Esports (Level 2)
  • Certificate in Carpentry Trade Skills (Level 3)
  • Certificate in Trade Skills - Paint and Plaster Strand (Level 3), and more. 
Find out more (external link)

Careers in Early Childcare

Are you considering a Career in Early Childhood?

Whether you want to study online, attend classes face-to-face, or a mix of both, you can do it with Te Rito Maioha courses.

The programmes have a focus on biculturalism and believe that all schools and teachers should integrate the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi into their curriculum.

Courses available include:

  • NZ Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Home-based Care)
  • Teacher Education Refresher (TER) Courses
  • Bachelor of Teaching
  • Postgraduate Diploma: Infant and Toddler Learning and Development

Plus, more courses available.

Find out more (external link)

Pathways to study, work, and training

If secondary school wasn’t for you, check out Youth Guarantee Scheme.

The Youth Guarantee Scheme provides a pathway from school, where you will have a wider range of learning opportunities, free training, and education for one year.

There are limited spaces, if you are interested, applications should as early as possible before courses begin.

Youth Guarantee Scheme Courses available in the Christchurch campus include:

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Construction
  • Electrical Trade Skills
  • Hair Dressing (Salon Support)
  • Collision Repair and Automotive Refinishing
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning.

Apply online or call 0800 40 33 37 to enrol for a course.

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Digiboost Webinars

Do you want to boost your digital skills in the workplace?

Ara's Digiboost webinars are a convenient way to enhance you and/or your staffs' computer skills to increase capability
and productivity in the workplace.

There are a range of offerings available at a cost:

  • Introduction to Microsoft Teams
  • Excel Basics
  • Outlook calendar and tips, and more.

For more information visit the website or email:

For more information (external link)

Māori & Pasifika Trades Training

Are you Māori or Pasifika aged 16-40, and interested in Trades courses?

Here’s an exciting opportunity to learn a trade. You might even be able to get a scholarship to pay your course fees.

You will be supported in your learning, receive one-on-one career coaching, and gain help to find work.

Courses include:

  • Certificate in Carpentry Trade Skills (Level 3)
  • Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Level 3)
  • Certificate in Plumbing, Gas fitting and Drain laying - Pre-Apprenticeship (Level 3)
  • Certificate in Trade Skills - Paint and Plaster Strand (Level 3).

Go online or call 03-366 3489 to find out more.

For more information (external link)

Te Pūtaketanga: Introduction to Te Reo Māori

Are you keen to learn basic Te Reo Māori to use in the workplace?

These free weekly online 45-minute sessions are designed for those working in the mental health sector.
The series begins Friday 26 January.

Course schedule:

  • Greetings in Te Reo Māori, Friday 9 February, 12.15pm - 1pm
  • Introductions using Mihi, Friday 16 February, 12.15pm - 1pm
  • Basic Conversations in Te Reo Māori, Friday 23 February, 12.15pm - 1pm
  • Open Question Forum, Friday 1 March, 12.15pm - 1pm.

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Choose your course

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

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)

Business start-up course

Are you are exploring starting a new small business?

Learn online at your own pace in bite-sized chunks. Packed with resources, advice, videos and useful links, this course will take you step by step through the process of getting started.

The course includes:

  • Goal setting
  • Creating a plan
  • The boring bits – business structures, intellectual property, tax and more…
  • Business funding and investment
  • Marketing – affordable and effective ways to gain customers
  • And more.
Find out more and register (external link)

Selwyn Business Breakfast

Join the first Business Breakfast of 2024 at Selwyn.

Hear from Economist Benje Patterson who will be sharing the results from the Selwyn Business Survey.

You’ll be able to hear about the challenges and opportunities faced by the local business community.

You’ll also be given the chance to hear from local business, Southern Woods about their progressive nursery.

When: Thursday 7 March, 7:30am - 9am
Where: Te Ara Ātea, 56 Tennyson Street, Rolleston

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Business Networking Kaiapoi

Join us for excellent business networking, good wine, and delicious nibbles in Kaiapoi.

At this event you will:

  • Get up to date with what’s happening in the region and meet other local businesses
  • Hear from the Waimakariri District Council who will update you on the 10-year plan for the region
  • Be able to talk with Senior Council officers and members about key issues and opportunities.

When: Wednesday 20 March, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Where: Urban Revival, 42 Silverstream Boulevard, Kaiapoi

Workplace Literacy Service

Upskill your people, get your staff operating more confidently and increase their workplace performance.

The free Workplace Literacy Service for Businesses will help you to:

  • Develop a more engaged, productive workforce through improved communication skills.
  • Improve your employees’ loyalty by making them feel valued and that the organisation cares about them.
  • Communication is key to your business running smoothly and efficiently.

Wilkinson’s Workplace Literacy Services can work with you to identify your business needs and their professional academic team will design training specific to your needs.

Find out more (external link)

Start your own business

Do you dream of starting your own business and becoming self-employed?

Christchurch Budget Service Trust, Aotearoa Refugee and Migrant Support Services have come together to support you to start your own business.

At the workshop will receive:

  • Employment support and tools
  • Entrepreneurial skills
  • Networking opportunities
  • A safe and supportive place to learn

Contact Khadra via email on or phone 022 567 2016 to request an application form.

For more information (external link)

Upskill online

Gain a certificate through a range of short courses.

Whether it’s new staff you need to upskill quickly, or experienced people who need a refresh, these courses are practical and contain information you need to know to help protect and build your business. These courses can be completed anytime and anywhere.

Choose from any of these courses:

  • Hospo Safe – your online food and workplace safety essential
  • Introduction to Customer Service Skills
  • Introduction to Visitor Experience
  • Resolving Customer Complaints Effectively.
For more information (external link)

Need HR advice?

Access expert guidance and best practices support with Business Canterbury.

The HR Advice Module offers you expert advice, guidance and peace of mind that you are meeting employment law obligations.

Included in this module:

  • 12 HR Adviceline calls
  • 3 hours of HR consultancy per year
  • Access to the latest HR/Employment Relations Act Case Law

Cost: Business Canterbury Member $45+GST per month, Non-member price: $55+GST per month

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Free business assessment

Are you looking for advice, focused on building capability and growth?

Business Canterbury (formerly the Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce) is your local Regional Business Partner.

The Regional Business Partner Network provides an invaluable resource through information and support to help you achieve your business goals.

The Regional Business Partner Growth Advisors can meet with you for:

  • a free business assessment to take a birds-eye look at your whole business
  • identify the next steps in your business and provide you with an action plan, and
  • connections to experts and resources to set you in the right direction.
Find the support (external link)

Start-Up Guidance

Discover a free hub for business resources.

Business but Better is a free hub for business resources, created by ethical entrepreneur Brianne West. Here you can gain digital membership and entry into an active community of mission-led brands who want to sell out (without selling out).

You can get loads of guidance and resource towards starting up or growing a business that is financially sustainable.

Discover more (external link)

Your business and tax

Attend face to face seminars or webinars to guide you setting up your business correctly to meet your tax obligations.

Inland Revenue (IR) offers three practical sessions:

  • Starting a business? Introduction to Business offers information on 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? GST is to help you learn who needs to register for GST, what GST is charged on, what information must be recorded and how to send this to them, and ceasing your GST registration.
  • Are you employing? The Employers session covers who needs to register as an employer, and what information must be recorded and how to send it to IR.

With a choice of format, don't miss out and register today!

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Drop-in or 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
25 Shands Road
Christchurch 8042


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
154 Aldwins Road
Christchurch 8011


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
56 Langdons Road
Christchurch 8053


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
39 Durham Street,


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
4 High Street
Rangiora 7400


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
14 Strathallan Street
Timaru 7910

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