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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
Where: Nelson Connected Centre, MSD Office-Nelson, 22 Bridge St, Nelson

Request a booking

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, MSD, 22 Bridge Street, Nelson

No appointment necessary, or email to make an appointment.

For more information (external link)


Need a little extra suport 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)

Connected at Richmond Library

Connected will be on-site at the Richmond Library in October

If you need support with pathways into Employment, Education, Training or Business Support, come and meet your local Employment Liaison Advisor in the Richmond Library.

No appointment necessary.

When: Tuesday 3 and 17 October, 10am - 12pm

Where: 280 Queen Street, Richmond

Connected at Nelson Library

Connected will be at Nelson Library in October

If you need support with pathways into Employment, Education, Training or Business Support, come and meet your local Employment Liaison Advisor in the Nelson Library to discuss options, opportunities and pathways.

When: Thursday 12 and 26 October, 10am - 12pm

Where: Nelson Library, 27 Halifax Street

No appointment necessary.

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)

NZ Red Cross Pathways to Employment

If you are a former refugee looking for educational or employment opportunities and/or you are currently getting a Work and Income benefit, get in touch with the NZ Red Cross Regional Pathways to Employment team.

NZ Red Cross pathways to employment programme helps former refugees plan employment, education, training and career goals to ultimately find work.

For the Nelson region, get in touch with

Find out more (external link)

Catering and Housekeeping staff on a Fishing boat

Are you interested in joining a contract fishing crew as part of the Catering and Housekeeping team? 

This employer is seeking Catering and Housekeeping staff to join their Contract Fishing Crew from Port Nelson.

You will be working as part of a highly functional and close working team.

Duties include:

  • Assisting in the preparation and serving of all meals
  • Cleaning of accommodation areas and laundry duties
  • Attend to any duties required in the processing factory as required by the Captain
  • Assist in the catch and process of catch to specified quality programmes

You must have:

  • a good understanding of food handling and general hygiene
  • at least 12 months experience on a deep-sea fishing vessel
  • be able to pass a pre-employment drug test and police check
  • have received instruction and training on Marine Fire Safety, Safe Seamanship practices, Deck Safety and Safe Fishing practices

You will be working 11.5 hour shitfs over 7 days, 42 hours per week. 

Pay $22.70 - $24.70 per hour depending on experience.

To apply for this job please phone 0800 779 009 and quote Job ID 22331666

Traffic Controllers

Experienced Traffic Controllers needed

A Nelson based recruitment agency is looking for experienced Traffic Controllers for ongoing full time work in the Nelson / Tasman area. 

Applicants must have:

  • traffic management experience 
  • be able to pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol test
  • transport to get to site
  • be avaialbe to work evenings and weekends if required

Traffic Control tickets preferred but not essential

To apply for this job please phone 0800 779 009 and quote Job ID 22327808

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)

Case Managers

Case Manager positions at Work and Income Nelson are available.

Do you have the ability to put clients at the centre and understand their unique situation and challenges? These positions need people to bring a high level of personal integrity, initiative and self-management skills. You'll need to be able to work at a fast pace and be accurate with data entry and able to use a variety of technology systems to ensure the clients get the right assistance for their situation.

You will be engaging with clients to support them into work, training and community participation in a fast paced, challenging and rewarding environment.

There are fixed term and permanent positions available.

Find out more (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 NMIT Te Pūkenga

Not sure of your next step?

NMIT Te Pūkenga offers a free career conversation service so pop in for a chat?  No strings attached.   

NMIT Te Pūkenga has some great, free study options under the Targeted Training and Apprenticeship (TTAF) funding which allow study next year, without using up your ‘fees free’ funding.

These include:

  • IT,
  • aquaculture,
  • trades,
  • viticulture,
  • horticulture programmes, and
  • more.

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).

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)

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!

Check your options (external link)

Train your people, grow your business

Let your business be a place where people are encouraged to grow and succeed.

A variety of courses are available ranging from 2 hour workshops to full-day courses.

Courses cover:

  • leadership,
  • communication,
  • business skills,
  • personal development, and
  • computer skills.

The team at Chalkbox are experienced in tailoring training courses to suit your business needs.

For more information (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)

NMIT Te Pūkenga and Employer Partnerships

Support learning for your staff or provide support for 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)

Business Networking

Meet with other positive business owners in a high energy, invigorating business meeting.

Attend business networking sessions to get to know other business owners and celebrate successes, discuss challenges, create opportunities, set goals, and hear from some really great speakers.

When: Every Tuesday, 8am - 9am
Where: McCashins Brewery, 660 Main Rd, Stoke

For more information (external site)

When: Every Wednesday, 8am - 9am
Where: The Stables Restaurant & Tavern, 1 McGlashen Avenue, Richmond

For more information (external site)

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)

Starting Block Workshop - Legal & Regulatory Considerations

The purpose of this series is to provide the foundations of what is needed for a healthy functioning business, for those new to business or who don’t have the basics in place.

Presented by Pitt & Moore

When: Wednesday 11 October 5pm - 7pm

Where: Mahitahi Colab, NMIT Te Pukenga Campus A Block, 322 Hardy Street, Nelson

There is a cost of $35 for non-member's of the Chamber.

Register 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
22 Bridge Street
Nelson 7010

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