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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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Family Futures Careers Expo

Are you looking for a brighter future for yourself and your family?

Here is an opportunity for you and your family to know about resources and information needed to gain employment or develop in your career.

At the Family Futures Careers Expo, you will have the chance to:

  • Access training programs
  • Connect with employers
  • Discover support
  • Gain information on support services

When: Tuesday 18 June, 11am – 12:30pm
Where: ARA Institute of Canterbury, C Block Student Lounge Off Madras Street

For more information, email:

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, 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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City Council Jobs

You can help Christchurch City Council build a positive future through a rewarding career.

When you join the Christchurch City Council, you'll get involved in shaping the city, its communities and environment.

You can help make life easier and enjoyable for Christchurch residents in a supporting and stable work environment.

There are many areas that you can find a job in including:

  • Data and Analytics
  • Building and Inspection
  • Health and Safety
  • Sports and Fitness
  • Design, and more.
Apply Now (external link)

Careers at Ara

Are you looking for teaching and support roles in an engaging workplace?

At Ara, you will be working in a vibrant environment where you can respond to the needs of students and employers within the Canterbury region.

There are a range of roles available including:

  • Academic Staff Member (Casual)
  • Learning Facilitator (Casual)
  • Clinical Academic Staff Member (Permanent part time)
  • Joinery Tutor (Permanent full time)
  • Automotive Tutor (Permanent full time)
  • Senior Tutor (Permanent full time)
  • Journalism Tutor (Permanent full time)
  • Careers and Employment Manager (Permanent part time)
Apply Now (external link)

EA Networks Jobs

Are you looking to work for a world-class electrical infrastructure business?

You will be part of a team that is dedicated to improving networks and services to do things better, faster, and more efficiently. At EA Networks, you will have a focus on innovating whilst working in a safe and effective environment.

Current vacancies include:

  • Traffic Management Planner
Learn more (external link)

Aviation Security Officer

Do you like working on your feet and communicating with people?

The Aviation Security Service at the Christchurch Airport have several permanent part-time positions available for their intake starting in September 2024.

As an Aviation Security Officer, you’ll be responsible for:

  • carrying out pre-flight security and baggage screening
  • using equipment and processes to ensure safety within the aerodrome
  • performing various patrols in assigned areas
  • carrying out ID checks.

You will be on a contract of 32.5 hours per week starting with a six-week training period where you are paid to learn and get an NZQA Level 4 qualification.

Apply Now (external link)

Environment Canterbury Jobs

Join a workplace that’s helping to protect the environment.

At Environment Canterbury, you will be working with stakeholders and community members to manage the use and quality of our natural resources.

You will be part of a diverse workforce that values everyone’s contribution, thinking and skills.

Careers available include:

  • Principal and Senior Consents Planner
  • Resource Management Officer
  • Biosecurity Officer
  • Science Technician
  • Graphic Designer
  • Senior Strategy Advisor
  • Public Transport Network Coordinator, and more.
Find out more (external link)

More Canterbury jobs

Looking for other work? Check out Kimi Mahi Mai Find a Job, Work and Income’s recruitment website.

Kimi Mahi Mai 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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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

ARA Trades Employer Expo

Great opportunity to meet future employers and industry representatives.

This is an event for you, if you are looking to talk with employers and industry training organisations and find out about skills they're looking for and opportunities available in the Trades.

When: Wednesday 19 June, 10am - 1pm
Where: Ara Trades Campus - VE Open Space, Ensors Road, Woolston

Find out more (external link)

UC Careers Evening

Join the University of Canterbury to discover an array of career pathways.

Are you exploring career options and guidance towards what study path is fit for you? University of Canterbury is organising a careers evening where you will be exploring subjects like:

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Law
  • Health, Sport and Social Work
  • Science
  • Teaching, and more.

Sessions will feature UC graduates, industry experts, academics and employers.

There will be information stalls on-site with light refreshments.

When: Tuesday 25 June, 6pm - 8:30pm
Where: Central Lecture Theatre, UC Campus, 73 Clyde Road, Ilam

Find out more (external link)

Certificate in Health & Wellbeing

Are you interested in training and getting practical experience in healthcare?

Skills Update is offering an on-site Level 2 programme suitable for anyone who wants to explore a career in person-centred care sector. This a free course for eligible applicants.
Graduates will be able to work at entry-level in the health and wellbeing sector under general supervision.

The 13 weeks programme starts on Monday 29 July and includes practical experience.

Apply Now (external link)

Train to become a Teacher

UC Education offers a range of innovative and relevant Teacher Education pathways.

University of Canterbury (UC) offers a wide variety of teacher training study options ranging from early childhood to primary and secondary teaching.

You can get in touch with the Student Advice Team who can advice on course options and degree programmes.

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Animal Care Courses

Get the skills and knowledge required to maintain the welfare of animals.

You can develop your future career with National Trade Academy through Level 3 and Level 5 courses in animal care.

You will be able to work in sectors such as:

  • Veterinary practices
  • Pet shops
  • Kennels and catteries
  • Animal welfare agencies, and more.

The course is free for eligible students and starts on Monday 8 July.

Where: National Trade Academy, 890 McLeans Island Road, Christchurch

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Train to work at heights

Are you looking for a thrilling career in handling ropes?

Heads Up is offering a one-day course if you are needing a refresher in working safely at heights. The interactive and practice-based course will help you gain knowledge in:

  • Safety regulations
  • Harness use
  • Fall arrest systems
  • Emergency procedures

Cost: $310 per person

Enrol now (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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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.

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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.

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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?

ChristchurchNZ is your local Regional Business Partner for the Canterbury region.

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.
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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.

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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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