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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 appplications.

Spaces are limited, so email to book your spot.


When: Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 

Where: Connected Centre, MSD Linwood Service Centre, 154 Aldwins Road

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When: Mondays and Fridays

Where: Connected Centre, MSD Papanui Service Centre, 58 Langdons Road

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When: Tuesday and Wednesday

Where: Connected Centre, MSD Rangiora, 4 High Street

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When: Monday - Friday, Morning, Afternoon and Evening appointments available

Where: Online or by phone

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Corrections career information event

Meet the team and hear what it’s like to work at Ara Poutama Aotearoa as a Corrections Officer.

An opportunity for people to have a korero with Corrections team in an informal environment to learn more about the job, what it involves, the recruitment process etc.

When: Tuesday 6 December, 6pm
Where: Hornby Workingmens Club, 17 Carmen Road, Christchurch

Register today (external link)

Discover a career in Hospitality and Tourism

Explore employment and on the job training opportunities in the Hospitality and Tourism industry.

During this interactive workshop, you will:

  • Discover employment opportunities available now
  • Set up a profile that will be visible to employers looking for incredible talent like you
  • Explore Go with Tourism – The Job Search Hub
  • Hear about employability skills required by a Hospitality and Tourism employer
  • Hear about the funding available to help you earn while you learn


When: Wednesday 7 December, 2pm – 3.30pm
Where: Sydenham Connected Centre, 39 Durham Street South, Sydenham

Limited spaces available RSVP


When: Wednesday 14 December, 1pm – 2.30pm
Where: Rangiora Connected Centre, 4 High Street, Rangiora

Limited spaces available RSVP

Te Ara Rangatahi - Youth Pathway webinars

Join us for a four part webinar series available to all rangatahi and their whānau.

As a part of the Te Ara Rangatahi webinar series, you will explore:

  • Work preparation support
  • Labour market and employment
  • Upskilling options to expand your opportunities
  • Knowing your employee rights


Monday 5 December, 11am

Friday 9 December, 11am

Monday 12 December, 11am

Friday 16 December, 11am

Please RSVP by Wednesday 30 November to

Join the webinars (external link)

Women Empowering Women

Mid Canterbury - Hiwa Wāhine Series

Join us for a series of two seminars in Ashburton

Gain confidence about what you have to offer the workplace, and explore options for self-employment.

When: Thursday 1 and 8 December , 10am - 1pm (morning tea provided)
Where: Community House Mid Canterbury , 44 Cass Street, Ashburton

Numbers are limited, please RSVP to:

Mahi for Me

Get channelled to the right employment, or study opportunity!

Employers and Tertiary Providers are onsite at Connected Linwood to meet with you on a regular basis.

Employers will talk about career opportunities with you, and interviews may follow.

Monday, 9:30am, 11am, 1pm, and 2pm
Tuesday, 9:30am, 10:30am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm
Wednesday, 9:30am, 11am, 1pm,and 2pm
Thursday, 9:30am, 11am, 1pm, and 2pm
Friday, 10:30am

Ara Drop-in at Linwood
Talk with an advisor from Ara about study options that interest you and sign up, or meet them at the campus and have a look around at the options available to you.

When: Fortnightly Friday 11am

Where: Connected Linwood, MSD Service Centre, 154 Aldwins Rd, Christchurch

Mahi for Me - Sydenham

Get channelled into the right employment opportunity!

Employers will be available in the Sydenham Connected space on a regular basis. Talk about career opportunities with them. With an opportunity for an interview will follow.

When: Each Tuesday at 1pm
Where: Connected Sydenham, 39 Durham Street South, Sydenham

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Papanui study information sessions

Come to Connected/MSD Papanui and talk with someone from Ara about your interests and the study options available for you.

Explore their courses on offer and more.

When: Every 3rd Wednesday of the month , 10am - 11am 

Where: Connected/MSD, 56 Langdons Road, Papanui

If you have any questions please email:

Connecting Selwyn

For support in employment, education and training pop along to our Connected pop-ups at Leeston and Darfield Libraries.

Connected will assist you in finding the right service for your needs. We will be joined by representatives from Ministry of Social Development and Selwyn District Council.

A Ministry of Social Development representative is available for one to one sessions to discuss your Superannuation needs, or any questions you have.

Leeston Library

When: Monthly on the second Tuesday

Tuesday 13 December, 10am - 12pm

Where: Leeston Library, 19 Messines Street, Leeston

Darfield Library

When: Monthly on the second Wednesday

Wednesday 14 December, 10am - 12pm

Where: Darfield Library, 1 South Terrace, Darfield

For more information: email or

Connected Employment opportunities sessions

Walk in with a CV, walk out with Employment.

Employers will do a short presentation on industry, organisation and vacancies. Potential individual interviews to follow.

When: Wednesdays, Weekly, 11.30am and 2pm

Where: MSD Riccarton, 78 Riccarton Road

For more information:

Study information sessions

Thinking about study? Free advice and support for those considering study with Ara and Connected.

Come along to the drop in sessions with Ara Institute of Canterbury, the largest Polytech in Te Waipounamu to find more about study options, no strings attached


When: Fortnightly on Fridays, 11am 

Where: Connected Hornby, MSD Service Centre, 25 Shands Road


When: Fornightly on Wednesdays, 1pm 

Where: MSD Riccarton, 78 Riccarton Road

For more information:

Career and study advice - South Canterbury

Come find out how Connected can help you in South Canterbury and Waimate.

An opportunity for anyone in South Canterbury and Waimate to discover what Employment or Study or Business opportunities are available in the region, over two events.


When: Sunday 4 December, 10am – 4pm

Where: Timaru Festival of The Roses, Caroline Bay, Timaru


When: Saturday 10 December, 10am – 4pm

Where: Strawberry Fare Markets, Boland Park, Waimate


If you would like more information, please email


Work for Te Whatu Ora South Canterbury

If it’s a lifestyle change, you’re looking for, this is where you’ll find it. Great career opportunities in South Canterbury.

Consider a role at Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand South Canterbury and become part of the team that makes it possible. Join a forward-thinking team and help them to achieve their vision for the future within the Health Industry.

Current Job availabilities:

  • House Officer/GP Locum
  • Medical Staff
  • IT/IT Administration
  • Nurses
  • Social Workers

Find out more and apply (external link)

Careers at Lincoln University

Lincoln University is the perfect place to grow your career.

Lincoln University has a range of careers available including:

• Horticultural Technician

• Research Technician

• Tutor/Senior Tutor - English for Academic Purposes

• Piki Ake: Māori Research and Academic Development Coordinator

Apply Online (external link)

Selwyn Council careers

Join the team that’s making it happen for Selwyn.

Selwyn District Council has a variety of permanent, full-time, part-time, fixed term and casual roles available.

These positions include:

• Assistant to Group Manager Community, Services & Facilities 

• Venues and Events Coordinator  

• Building Surveyors 

• Geospatial Analyst 

• Aquatic Centre Lifeguards

Apply Online (external link)

Opportunities at Ara/Te Pūkenga

Training and Employer of the future

Ara/ Te Pūkenga has a range of opportunities that include:

• Admissions Administrator – International

• Student Advisor – International

• Student Advisor – Youth

• Document Production Administrator

• Academic Staff Member - Automotive Tutor

• Kaitiaki Ākonga - Residential Support

• Coordinator Community Development - Student Accommodation

Apply Online (external link)

Job Opportunities at Timaru District Council

Timaru has a reputation as a wonderful place to live and visit. It’s the South Island’s best kept secret. Check out the awesome roles available at Timaru District Council.

Within Timaru's slice of paradise, you’ll find everything at your doorstep without the ‘big city’ rush.

Join the forward-thinking Timaru District Council team and help them to achieve their vision for the future

Current Job vacancies include:

  • Lifeguards (Permanent and Casual)
  • Parks Contract Manager, Community Development support officer
  •  Animal Control Officer, Planners and Administrators

Find out more and apply (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.  

Visit Find a Job (external link)
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Become an electrical apprentice

Etco graduates are highly sought after by the electrical sector.

Etco will employ you for the three years and nine-month duration of your electrical apprenticeship.

During your employment, you will learn the practical aspects of the trade through placements with a range of host companies.

Because Etco want to give you a wider experience, the apprenticeship is three months longer than with other employers. The range of experience at Etco will open more choices for you when you graduate.

Find out more (external link)

Assertive Communication and Confidence Course

Do you want to enhance your communication skills by learning assertive communication techniques.

With this 4 week course you will be able to:

  • Identify characteristics of assertive, aggressive, and passive communication styles.
  • Describe aspects of non-verbal communication.
  • Demonstrate assertive communication skills.

When: Every Monday for 4 weeks starting Monday 28 November
Where: Rangiora Ara
Cost: $72.00 (local)

More Courses will be run in Timaru, Ashburton and Madras Street campuses in 2023

Apply Online (external link)

Whānau Mahi work readiness programme Timaru

Are you 16-24 years old and interested in attending an employment and training programme?

Whānau Mahi is a full-time, 12 week wānanga, with rolling start dates.

Whānau Mahi will include various forms of counselling, daily mentoring, getting life and work ready. The course will include some worksite visits, work experience and trial periods that may lead into employment.

Te Aitarakihi will then continue to support employed whanau for as long as required after the programme finishes.

This programme is open to all cultures and tangata interested in learning in a Kaupapa Māori environment.

Transport and lunch are included.

For more information, please contact Kylie Kellas on 027 232 2622 or

Study Online with Ara

Sometimes it’s tricky to fit study around your lifestyle and commitments.

Ara has a solution and is pleased to be able to offer a range of study options that you can study fully online, when and where you please.

That means you can study even if you're working full-time, you have other commitments, or if you don’t live near an Ara campus. Their fully online study options are delivered through eCampus NZ.

First decide which of the Ara qualifications you want to study:

  • NZ Diploma in Business Level 5 (Human Resource Management)
  • NZ Diploma in Business Level 5 (Leadership and Management)
  • NZ Diploma in Business Level 5 (Accounting)
  • NZ Certificate in Business Level 4 (Accounting Support Services)
  • NZ Certificate in Business Level 3 (Introduction to Team Leadership)
Find out more and apply (external link)

Get ready to study at Uni

The Certificate in University Preparation (CUP) is designed to prepare Aotearoa New Zealand citizens, or holders of a Residents Class Visa of New Zealand or Australia, for university study.

The CUP programme provides an inclusive and supportive learning environment with small classes and individual attention to help you develop your confidence to succeed at university.

The CUP programme will help you to develop the skills necessary for successful university study, including:

  • subject knowledge for pathways to degree programmes
  • study and time-management skills
  • oral and written communication skills for a variety of contexts
  • analytical, critical, and problem solving skills
  • information literacy skills
  • interpersonal, group, and teamwork skills.

The CUP programme provides an environment for students to:

  • build relationships with peers
  • connect with Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury
  • plan for future study.

CUP is a 12-week programme of study for full-time students, with two six-week options throughout the year plus summer school. Flexible part-time and distance options are also available. 

Find out more (external link)

Want to study a trade for free?

Māori and pasifika trades training may enable you to study for free.

NZMA offers four Level 3 Trades Courses you can study for free if you are Māori or Pasifika:

Certificate in Carpentry trades Skills
With a focus on carpentry, this course aims to arm you with the basic carpentry skills and knowledge you need so you can enter the workforce ready to embark on an apprenticeship.

Certificate in Plumbing and Gas Fitting
Secure your future in the construction sector today by training to become a plumber, gasfitter or drainlayer.

Certificate in Electrical Engineering
The hands-on 32-week programme sets you up to enter the electrical industry as an entry-level employee.

Certificate in Trade Skills with strand in Paint and Plaster
Tap into the building boom! In just 19 weeks you’ll gain the skills you need to become an apprentice or labourer in construction or allied trades.

Find out more (external link)

Learn online with University of Canterbury

Upskill with The University of Canterbury now offering Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

UC strives to deliver excellent, research-informed education, and creative and innovative research with staff who are empowered to make a real difference to societies here and around the world. UC prepares its graduates to care, think and be future ready. 

Courses cover topics such as:

  • Mental health and nutrition
  • A better start to reading
  • Antartica in a changing climate
  • Introduction to Human Robot Interaction
  • And more
Check out the options (external link)

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)
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Your business and tax

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

Introduction to business

Starting a business? Introduction to Business is a two hour session. Learn about the different ways to structure your business, expenses you can claim, and how income tax and provisional tax works.

Kanohi ki te kanohi/Face to face

Wednesday 30 November, 10am (external site)

Wednesday 14 December, 10am (external site)

Where: Address provided upon registration, Christchurch


Tuesday 29 November, 10am (external site)

Wednesday 30 November, 7pm (external site)


Are you registered for GST or thinking of registering for GST? Attend the two hour session 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.

Kanohi ki te kanohi/Face to face

Tuesday 6 December, 4:30pm (external site)

Where: Address provided upon registration, Christchurch


Tuesday 6 December, 10am (external site)


Are you employing? In the Employers session learn about who needs to register as an employer, and what information must be recorded and how to send to IR.


No live sessions planned until 2023, watch a pre-recorded webinar. (external site)

Free online business start-up course

Are you are exploring starting a new small business?

This is online business training that is accessible 24 hours per day and in bite-sized chunks so that you can learn at your own pace. It is packed with resources, advice, videos and useful links and will take you step by step through the process of getting started.

  • Practical, useable advice and information for developing your idea into a plan
  • Take out some of the fear, by checking how realistic your idea is
  • Written and video learning materials
  • Interviews with business owners and experts who have put the concepts in these courses into practice
  • Aimed at New Zealand businesses
  • Access to the presenter of this course by e-mail so that you can ask questions or gain feedback for your implementation plans
  • A huge list of resources to help you give your business the best chance of success

For questions or more information please contact Miles Dalton at ENC:

Find out more and apply (external link)

Rainbow Education 101 for business

Engage more confidently with the Rainbow Community

YMCA South Canterbury is offering businesses a single 2-hour facilitated session on Rainbow Education 101 that will enhance your businesses understanding of the LGBTQIA+ community. 

Sessions will include: 

  • LGBTQIA+ terminology & meaning
  • Differences, Stereotypes & myths
  • Correct usage of Pronouns 
  • Mental Health within the Rainbow community 

For more information and pricing please contact: Natasha Dominey on email:

Rangiora Promotions – Last Wednesday Club

Come and Join Rangiora Promotions Association at their fantastic social networking event.

Last Wednesday Club welcomes everyone to this event who are wanting to learn more about the community, get to know fellow local businesses/non-profit organisations or wanting to discover if joining this association is the right choice for their business.

RSVP online today (external link)

North Canterbury biz peer support initiative

Some of North Canterbury’s highly experienced business operators have offered to share their time, expertise and knowledge with business owners.

Needing a bit of a chat with somebody who understands the challenges of running a business, particularly through difficult times?

Enterprise North Canterbury will match you with one of their peer support experts for a casual catch-up over your preferred cuppa so they can listen and offer ideas, support and insight. These PSP business professionals have been through many ups and downs and can offer some advice and support as to what you are going through.

ENC will e-introduce you to them and you can arrange a meeting - whether it be over a breakfast meeting or coffee break. 

Find out more and register (external link)

Canterbury Business Growth and Support Webinars

Looking for business support? Watch the 11 pre-recorded webinars from the Canterbury 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 for your growing business. - Connecting you to support for your business

Christchurch NZ - Hear from Christchurch's economic development agency - Helping your business move into the digital world

The Networkers - Business networking benefits you and your business

Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce - Home and voice of Canterbury business

Enterprise North Canterbury - The economic development agency for North Canterbury

South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce - Building better business together

Ministry of Social Development - Work brokerage, financial support and more for you and your business

Inland Revenue - Here to support you, new to business or need to get on the right track - Tools and expert advice, designed to help kiwi businesses save time and succeed - An introduction and an update to your rights and responsibilities as an employer

Watch here (external link)

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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