Find jobs, courses, business support and events in the Nelson-Tasman region, a leading fisheries hub and craft beer pioneer

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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

Connected Pop-up at the Library

Learn about how Connected can help you find supports in employment, education and training.

Each week Connected will be in the Community Corner at Elma Turner Library with a partner.

Connected and Rise Wellness
" Rise Wellness - can help build support systems to unlock potential in your greatest asset and set you apart"

When: Wednesday 22 March, 10am - 12pm
Where: Elma Turner Library, 27 Halifax Street

Any queries, 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, 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)
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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)

Fish factory process worker

Temporary work available in a coated fish processing factory.

Are you motivated, want to achieve goals, deliver quality work, a quick learner, you can adapt to change and be a part of a harmonious working team? This could be for you!

You will:

  • be 100% committed to health and safety,
  • be able to work with continuous processing,
  • be able to do heavy lifting,
  • have good time management skills and hand eye coordination, good knife skills are beneficial.

Roles available include: General Hand; Trimmer; Filleter; Packer; Machine Operator; Experienced Forklift Driver; and Industrial Cleaners.

Pay starts at $21.20 plus shift allowance. Work available until the end of September.

If this sounds like you, send your CV to

Hospitality stars needed

Do you have a bright and happy personality, a willingness to 'jump in and get your hands dirty', good customer service skills?

Nelson employers have roles including:

  • Sandwich Artist,
  • Front of House,
  • Trainee Barista,
  • Fast food Assistant,
  • kitchen hand, and
  • Café Assistant roles.

Some roles offer full training, generally these employers are looking for people able to work in small teams and unsupervised once trained.

Flexible working hours are available.

If this sounds like you, or you'd like more information, Please contact:

Hospitality roles

Hospitality work in Nelson and Richmond region.

If you have great people and communication skills, you're a team player, able to work weekends, nights and rostered shifts, this could be for you!

Roles include:

  • front of house,
  • fast food crew member,
  • sushi chef,
  • bar staff,
  • cook,
  • food and beverage attendant, and
  • deli assistant.

Some roles require previous experience or qualifications/certificates, but there is also an opportunity for those with no experience.

If any of these roles interest you, please email your CV with a brief outline of your experience to:

Port Nelson job opportunities

Do you love working outdoors? Port Nelson has some great stevedore roles and more available.

Are you able to work a range of shifts including nights and weekends, fit and active, have a full drivers licence?
Port Nelson need:

  • Forklift Operators
  • Administration Support
  • Systems Support
  • and more

Find out more and apply (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)

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)

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)

NZ Marine Studies Centre

The Nelson-Tasman region is a fantastic place to study all things marine.

These programmes are hands on, designed to immerse students in learning about the local environment, and have been adapted for Top of the South.

To find out more see on-line or email

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)
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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.

Inland Revenue offers three different practical webinars:

  • Starting a business? Introduction to Business is a two hour sessions. Learn about 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? 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.
  • 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.

These sessions are run regularly, register today!

Introduction to Business

Kanohi ki te kanohi/Face to face

Thursday 18 April, 10am (external site)

Where: Civic House, 5th Floor, 110 Trafalgar StreetNelson


Wednesday 22 March, 7pm (external site)

Tuesday 28 March, 4pm (external site)

Tuesday 11 April, 10am (external site)


Kanohi ki te Kanohi - Face to face

Thursday 18 April, 1:30pm (external site)

Where: Civic House, 5th Floor, 110 Trafalgar Street, Nelson


Tuesday 21 March, 10am (external site)

Tuesday 4 April, 10am (external site)



Tuesday 4 April, 10am (external site)

Alternatively, you can watch pre-recorded sessions here. (external site)

Building a better business

Learn the 10 Steps to reach your business's potential.

Attend this free seminar teaching strategies you can implement in your business to reach its true potential.

You will:

  • understand the 10 steps and why you need to take them,
  • gain clarity on where you can add value to your business,
  • learn how to better lead with a strong workplace culture, and
  • learn best practice strategies to improve your business.

When: Wednesday 19 April, 9am - 10am
Where: Mahitahi Colab, 322 Hardy Street, Nelson

Find out more (external link)

Cashflow freedom

Discover where your business cashflow goes and learn how to manage it.

Attend a free seminar to discover where your cashflow goes and learn how to better manage your cash.

You will:

  • understand where the cash goes in your business
  • learn how to differentiate your business from competitors and prepare for economic uncertainty
  • understand your break-even point and how to reduce the costs of sales
  • identify the profit drivers and KPI's for your business
  • understand how planning and accountability will help you achieve cashflow freedom

When: Wednesday 17 May, 9am -10am
Where: Mahitahi Colab, 322 Hardy Street, Nelson

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)

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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