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Free career advice

Get free in-person advice from a professional career expert in Queenstown, Wanaka, Alexandra and Dunedin.

Career experts can help you to:

  • Make a personalised career plan
  • Gain confidence
  • Find work or training.

Spaces are limited, so email to book your spot. 

Where: Work and Income, 57 Tarbert Street, Alexandra

Where: Connected Centre, Work and Income, Ground Floor, Building 11, Remarkables Park Town Centre, Frankton 

Where: Wanaka Community Hub, 34 McDougall Street 

To book in with the Careers Practitioner for Queenstown, Alexandra and Wanaka please email connectedqueenstown@msd.govt.nz

When: Every Tuesday, 9:30am - 3pm
Where: Connected Centre, Work and Income, 265 Princes Street, Level G John Wickliffe House, Dunedin

Face to face and online appointments available.

To book your spot in Dunedin, email connecteddunedin@msd.govt.nz

Job seekers drop-in seminars

Keen to find out what local opportunities are available right now? Come along to the Job seekers drop-in seminars brought to you by Connected and Workforce Central Dunedin.

Come along to the Job seekers drop-in seminars brought to you by Connected and Workforce Central Dunedin. You can meet work brokers, careers practitioners, and two new guest exhibitors every month who are employers and training providers. Pop in and hear about some current employment and training opportunities near you.

Keep an eye on the Workforce Central Dunedin Facebook and Instagram pages to see who the guest exhibitors are each month.

When: First Wednesday of every month, 11am - 12pm
Where: Workforce Central Dunedin Skills and Jobs Hub, 168 Castle Street, Central Dunedin (where the old Warehouse Stationery and Lighting Direct used to be located, across the road from Centre City New World).

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Let's build the hospital

Do you want to be part of the new hospital build here in Dunedin?

Workforce Central Dunedin is a Job and Skills Hub aimed to create opportunities for Jobseekers and to help Employers find and train their workforce.

They have just opened their new site for their Hospital Build skills and jobs hub. Located right on site of the new hospital build at 168 Castle Street, there is no where better to explore the many opportunities that exist within the amazing development that is the new Dunedin hospital build and beyond.

Are you looking for opportunities in:

  • Building and construction
  • Electrical
  • Engineering
  • Plumbing
  • Painting
  • and more

If you want to learn more about the wide range of jobs, training and other opportunties, pop down and say hi to the team at 168 Castle Street.

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Positive Lifestyle Programme

Enhance your self-confidence and personal life skills to re-engage with your community and get ready to re-enter the workforce.

This free course is delivered one-on-one and can be tailored to your needs but sessions can include:

  • Self-Awareness
  • Anger
  • Depression and Loneliness
  • Stress
  • Grief
  • Assertiveness
  • Self-esteem
  • Future directions

The Positive Lifestyle Programme is run by the Salvation Army in Queenstown and Alexandra.

To find out more, email hine.marchand@salvationarmy.org.nz

Seasonal Work in Central Otago

Looking for a new seasonal job in New Zealand’s fruit industry?

From picking, to packhouse and logistics there are lots of opportunities in Central Otago.

Many employers offer onsite accommodation options and if you need assistance to be able to take up this work you can test your eligibility for the New Zealand Seasonal Work Scheme (external site)

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Get your licence and improve your job opportunities

How many job adverts mention 'must have a driving licence'? Spoiler alert - a lot!

www.drive.govt.nz (external site) is a fantastic free resource available to help you prepare for your learner, restricted or full driving licence test. It can also help friends/family that are supporting you to be better instructors.

Learners Licence 

The all important first step to getting behind the wheel. www.drive.govt.nz (external site) offers a free interactive road code and official practice tests so you will know when you are ready to ace your test.

Restricted/Full Licence 

Learn from a free app and instructional videos so you can master the right skills to help you prepare and know what to expect on test day.

If you need help to access driving lessons then contact your closest Connected office and we can help put you in touch with services in your local area. connecteddunedin@msd.govt.nz or connectedqueenstown@msd.govt.nz

More Otago 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.  

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Choices programme - Alexandra

Improve your reading and writing skills, gain confidence and communication skills to move into employment or further study.

In addition to improved literacy, you may gain:

  • NZQA credits,
  • A workplace first aid certificate, and
  • Budgeting skills.

The Choices Programme with Central Otago REAP is a free 34 week course.  You can start at anytime and work your way through the self-guided modules. Get in touch today for an initial interview to find out if the Choices Programme is for you.

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9.30am – 3.00pm
Where: Alexandra Community House, 14-20 Centennial Avenue, Alexandra

Find out more email emma@coreap.org.nz 

Literacy Aotearoa upcoming courses

Literacy Aotearoa offers free courses to help you take charge of your life by improving your reading, writing and maths skills. 

Class sizes are kept small to make sure you get the help you need to succeed.


Adult Literacy, Language and Numeracy classes are taking enrolments now.

To register your interest in any of these Queenstown based courses email - info.c10@literacy.org.nz


The following courses are available:

  • Digital Literacy – Smart Phones
  • Literacy, Language and Numeracy
  • Driver Learner's Licence
  • Intermediate Computing

To learn more about Dunedin courses, get in touch Phone: 477 2055, or email info.c10@literacy.org.nz

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Apprenticeship support

The 4Trades programme assists young people into apprenticeships and helps to address Otago’s need for skilled and qualified workers in the trades sector.

A charitable trust, 4Trades offers comprehensive support for businesses and their apprentices.

It helps with compliance costs, payroll processing, responsibility and risk, HR and performance reviews.

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Digital skills for work

Improve digital skills and build your online confidence.

You’ll get hands-on experience with useful digital tools that you can take straight back to your work, as well as the chance to collaborate with a friendly and encouraging community of learners. 

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Free Digital Upskilling - Dunedin/Mosgiel

Otago Polytechnic Community Learning Centre offer free, short courses to upskill in the digital and pre employment space.

The Community Learning Centre offers a positive and encouraging learning environment. All learning is self-paced so you can integrate your study into your daily routine.

Flexible delivery allows you to complete your learning online or at the Dunedin Centre where you will have access to their computers and experienced facilitators if you need guidance or support.

Short courses available include:

  • Microsoft Word,
  • Excel,
  • Powerpoint 
  • Google Docs,
  • Cloud storage,
  • CV creation, and more.

Where: Mosgiel Community Learning, 7 Hartstonge Avenue, Mosgiel
South Dunedin Hub, 199 Hillside Road, South Dunedin

Find out more email Jacquie.hayes@op.ac.nz

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INNOV8HQ Mana Rangatahi Programme

Mana Rangatahi is a youth development programme (18-24years) focused on re-establishing life skills and aligning these with life, career ambitions and related skill pathways for youth in Otago.

The foundation of this programme is ‘Ko wai au? Who am I? framework’ which allows you to unlock your cultural identity, ambitions and natural capabilities to identify your pathway forwards:

  • Being your Own Boss - Entrepreneurship-self-employment
  • Being Career ready - employment preparation/ job placement
  • Being curious to learn more, up-skill - explores further education and training.
  • Being a great Youth Leader and Ambassador

INNOV8HQ are based in Dunedin but as the programme is delivered via online and in person sessions this is fantastic opportunity for young people throughout Otago.

In-person courses are also offered in Alexandra, Roxburgh and Queenstown so reach out to find out more.

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Do you need help to get you work ready?

Skillsec are focused at helping you succeed in life through education, training, and employment. They can help you to gain the skills, confidence and qualifications needed to pursue a career or go on to further training through the course offerings ranging from:

  • Building and Construction and Allied Trade Skills
  • Intro to Automotive and Mechanical
  • Intro to Agriculture & Horticulture Vocational Pathway
  • New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing, and more.

 Enrolments are open any time throughout the year.

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Choose your course

Whatever level you’d like to study at, you can find a course to suit you in Otago.

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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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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Start your own business in Queenstown

Start Up Queenstown Lakes are now offering their Kick Start programme free of charge if you live in the Queenstown lakes region.

Complete the self-paced 10 course modules online and ondemand.

The 6-week programme is delivered online and focuses on how to:

  • Build your business model
  • Develop a unique value proposition
  • Reach your customers
  • Develop revenue streams
  • Build out your idea
  • Deal with legal and accounting matters
  • Launch your business.

Once you have completed the course, book a free call with the Start Up Queenstown business mentors.

Sign up and get started (external link)

Free business clinic

Enterprise Dunedin is offering a free half-hour business clinic.

Whether you’re a start-up, an established operation or a self-employed worker, you can get support from Enterprise Dunedin’s Business Clinic.

The confidential one-to-one clinic offers:

  • advice on council and government regulations
  • liaison with relevant council departments
  • guidance for start-ups
  • referrals to other business support agencies, mentors and assistance
  • information about government-funded schemes.

Bookings are essential for the business clinic, which is available on weekdays.

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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
Ground Floor, Building 11
Remarkables Park Town Centre
Queenstown 9300


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
John Wickliffe House in the Exchange
265 Princes Street
Dunedin 9016

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