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Free career advice

Would you like free advice from a career expert to help you take your next step into work, study or training?

If so, book a free one-to-one session with a career professional to make a personalised career plan, gain confidence or create a CV.

When: Fridays, 10am-5pm
Where: Connected Centre, Work and Income, 22 Bridge St, Nelson

Face to face, phone and online appointments are available.

Request a booking

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Do you need help with pathways to employment, education and training?

Your local, Employment Liaison Advisor, is available to chat to about how to navigate pathways. Find out about support to connect to the right people and what resources are available.

When: Thursdays fortnightly, starting 4 January, 10am - 12pm
Where:  Nelson Library, 27 Halifax Street, Nelson

When: Tuesdays fortnightly, starting 9 January, 10am - 12pm
Where: Richmond Library, 280 Queen Street, Richmond

To make an appointment, please email

Employable at Connected

Employable specialises in supporting people with barriers and disabilities into employment.

Come and have a chat with Employable to support you into mahi.

When: Thursdays, 9.30am - 2pm
Where: Connected Centre, Work and Income, 22 Bridge Street, Nelson

No appointment necessary, or email to make an appointment.

For more information (external link)


Need a little extra support to be your best in the workplace? 

Helping kiwi jobseekers who have disabilities or health conditions to connect with employers who value their contributions.

Workbridge will work to support you to build a bridge to overcome any employment barriers. They’ll help you find the right job, and support you while you’re in it.

Contact: to find out when Workbridge are on-site.

For more information (external link)
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Support for young job seekers

If you’re aged 16-24, Youth Employment Success could help you gain confidence in your chosen industry.

Youth Employment Success gives rangatahi opportunities to meet youth-friendly employers who can help them explore the industry they’re interested in.

Find out more (external link)

More Nelson-Tasman 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)

Get your Certificate in Hospitality

Are you aged 16-19? Are you interested in a career in Hospitality?

Study for your NZ Certificate in Hospitality (Level 2) and NCEA Level 2 in their 30 week programme at the Nelson Training Centre. This includes a 2 week term breaks obeserved by mainstream schools. Start when you want, the course is offered on a rolling intake.

You will learn in a very practical and hands on learning environment and work experience within local hospitality businesses for suitable learners.

As a youth guarantee funded programme, this course is free for those aged 16-19.
Students 18yrs + are eligible for Student Allowance.

If this sounds like you, or you want to find out more, contact

Find out more (external link)

Trades Academy courses

Are you ready for a real job, but not ready to leave school?

Keep your options open by achieving NCEA credits at school while gaining practical work skills and trades qualifications in a wide range of industries from automotive engineering to uniformed services.

You will be supported to ease your transition into the world of work, identify further training or study opportunities, show you what your career could look like while working towards NCEA.

You will attend 1-day week for the school year hands-on training at NMIT's campuses or at selected schools across our region. Some courses are live-in 'block' courses at Whenua Iti Outdoors.

All courses are free.

For more information and to apply (external link)

Study options with Te Pūkenga

Not sure of your next step? Why not consider study for 2024?

The Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) offer a free career conversation service.

Pop in for a no strings attached chat and see what study options are right for you.

There are a range of free study options available, without using up your ‘fees free’ funding.

Book a chat (external link)

Reach your potential with Literacy Aotearoa

Literacy Aotearoa is established to develop, promote and deliver accessible, quality literacy services designed to help you reach your full potential.

They offer a varierty of free courses (all with rolling intake):

  • Literacy & Numeracy,
  • Basic Computing Digital Literacy,
  • Supported Learning,
  • CV & Cover Letter programme,
  • Learner Licence,
  • Digital Literacy (Documents, Word, Excel),
  • Class 2 Licence,
  • Literacy & Financing my Future.

If you are interested in any of these courses, please contact Literacy Aotearoa on 03 548 3041 or checkout the Literacy Aotearoa website (external site).

Earn a transport or automotive certificate

Does earning a certificate in transport, machinery or operating appeal to you?

The Nelson Technical Institute (NTI) offers a range of courses within the Commercial Road Transport, Machinery Operating and Automotive industry.

They also offer a NZ certificate in Foundation Skills L1 & L2 to enable trainees to get started on the career of your choice.

The programmes focus on industry standards and your individual learning needs.

Learn more (external link)

Choose your course

Whatever level you’d like to study at, you can find a course to suit you in Nelson-Tasman

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

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.
Check your options (external link)

Admin systems for business

Learn the foundations of what is needed for a healthy functioning business.

This hands-on, interactive workshop offers strategic guidance and a practical approach to setting up basic financial and admin systems for your business will help you take control of your finances and administration and make your life easier, for a small cost of $35.00

You will learn:

  • Basic components and structure of a business plan
  • How to choose the right method for keeping business records
  • How to set up an efficient and accurate bookkeeping system for your business
  • The basics about tax requirements for small business
  • 10 common mistakes in small business accounting you can avoid by being organised

So you can:

  • Create a basic business plan
  • Implement a system to organise and track your money
  • Get into a routine to keep on top of your accounts and admin
  • Take control of the admin and financial side of your business activities
  • Set aside tax money
  • Have confidence and clarity about the financial health of your business

When: Wednesday 6 March, 9.30am - 11.30am
Where: Mahi Tahi Colab, NMIT Campus, 322 Hardy St, Nelson

Register today (external link)

Business Assist

Benefit from a free consultation with the team at Business Assist.

Discuss your business or start up idea with Business Assist.

Business Assist provides free, confidential, independent assistance for business owners or those planning to start a business: free training, monthly network meetings and mentoring for Nelson and Tasman as an Agency for Business Mentors NZ.

For more information (external link)

Boost your bottom line

Do you want to learn how to boost your business with 7 marketing hacks?

In this free 'Lunch and Learn' workshop, you will explore how to boost your bottom line with 7 marketing hacks for your business.

When: Tuesday 12 March, 12pm - 1pm
Where: Kotuku Room, Pūtangitangi Greenmeadows Centre, Cnr Main Road and Songer St, Stoke, Nelson

Register to attend (external link)

Te Pūkenga and Employer Partnerships

Support learning for your staff or provide support for Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) students learning.

Whether you are looking to upskill your employees or offering your support to work with NMIT Te Pūkenga students, Community Liaison Advisor is available to work with you.

The advisor will have a chat with you to understand the goals for your business and employees.

Book a free 15-30 minute conversation (external link)

Richmond Unlimited

Richmond Unlimited is the business voice for all businesses in the central business area of Richmond.

Richmond Unlimited's objective is to promote Richmond as the most convenient and appealing destination for Shopping, Service or to establish a new business.

For more information (external link)

Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber provides a wide range of support to business owners, including advice, access to business leaders and training seminars.

The Nelson Tasman Chamber run workshops during the year covering topical issues and various aspects of running a business.

Under the Regional Business Partner Network, the chamber can provide vouchers for up to 50% off the cost of expert coaching or training to improve your business capability.

Sign up now (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
22 Bridge Street
Nelson 7010

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