Otago

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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.

Alexandra

When:

Thursday 8 December

Where: MSD Service Centre, 57 Tarbert Street, Alexandra

Queenstown

When:

Friday 9 and 16 December

Where: Queenstown Connected Centre, MSD Service Centre, Ground Floor, Building 11, Remarkables Park Town Centre, Frankton 

Wanaka

When:

Thursday 15 December

Where:

Wanaka Community Hub, 34 McDougall Street 

To book your spot in Queenstown, Alexandra and Wanaka, email connectedqueenstown@msd.govt.nz

Dunedin

When: Every Wednesday, 10am - 3pm

Where:

via phone conversation, zoom call or in person. In person appointments available at the MSD/Connected Centre by appointment.

Connected Centre, 265 Princes Street, Level G John Wickliffe House, Dunedin

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

Free CV writing workshops in Queenstown

Does your CV need some TLC? Or are you struggling to know where to start? Don't have access to a computer to create a CV? We can help you with that.

A CV is your opportunity to make a great first impression and get an interview. Come along to this free workshop and leave with a basic CV ready to start applying for jobs.

Open to everyone who is looking for work. Laptops will be available for you to use on the day.

When: Every Tuesday, 1pm 
Where: Queenstown MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre, Remarkables Park Town Centre, Frankton

Please RSVP or contact us to make an appointment at a time that suits you  connectedqueenstown@msd.govt.nz

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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)

Jobs in Central Otago (external link)

Central Otago Mahi Employment opportunities

Explore new opportunities and strike that perfect work-life balance!

Do you want to earn cash and enjoy the sunshine? We've got great news!

There are hundreds of jobs available right now in Central Otago.

Check out short videos for a sneak peek into each business and what jobs are on offer. Apply for the one you like or sign up for further personal support with your job search from Central Otago District Council and MSD.

Find out more (external link)

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 

Free app and instructional videos so you can master the right skills (instead of your parents bad habits), 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

Trades apprenticeships

Are you interested in gaining a trade qualification?

Southern Group Training is looking for people interested in gaining a trades qualification in the Dunedin and Queenstown areas.
Apprenticeships are currently available in:

  • General engineering
  • Glazing
  • Carpentry
  • Plumbing
  • Painting and decorating
  • Roofing
Find out more (external link)

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-esteeem
  • 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

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.  

Visit Find a Job (external link)
Disability

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.

Queenstown

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

Dunedin

The following course 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

Find out more (external link)

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 

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.

Find out more (external link)

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. 

If you are interested in this and more courses check out The Mind lab(external site) (external site) .

You may also qualify for a scholarship to cover any course costs.

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 or

More details (external link)

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.

From December, new in-person courses are starting in Alexandra, Roxburgh and Queenstown so reach out to find out more.

Register your interest (external link)

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. 

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

(external site)Tuesday 29 November, 10am (external site)

(external site)Wednesday 30 November, 7pm (external site)

GST

Tuesday 6 December, 10am (external site)

(external site)Employers

No live sessions scheduled for 2022, watch a pre-recorded version. (external site)

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.

Find out more (external link)

Southern Business Growth and Support Webinars

Looking for business support? Watch the 13 pre-recorded webinars from the Southern Business Growth and Support virtual conference at your leisure.

These webinars are a fantastic starting point to finding out how the different organisations offer support within Otago and Southland for your growing business.

  • Connected - Connecting you to support for your business and Regional Business Partner Network - Supporting your business to recover and grow
  • Kuma - Bringing Māori people together to enhance their individual and professional and business success
  • Digital Boost - Helping your business move into the digital world
  • Amotai - Unlocking opportunities for Māori and Pasifika businesses through supplier diversity
  • New Zealand Trade and Enterprise - Helping New Zealand businesses to grow internationally
  • Southland Business Chamber - Here to inspire and influence business, and promote, support and encourage sustainable, profitable business growth
  • Great South - Helping your business to grow, innocate and make big things happen.
  • Business South Inc - Providing specialist and tailored business support to help Otago and Southland organisations to succeed and thrive
  • Queenstown Chamber of Commerce - Helping you grow your business. Support to make your business visible.
  • Ministry of Social Development - Work brokerage, financial support and more for you and your business
  • Inland Revenue - Here to support you, whether you’re new to business or need some help to get on the right track
  • Employment.govt.nz - An introduction and update to your rights and responsibilities as an employer
  • Business.govt.nz - Tools and expert advice from government and industry, designed to help kiwi businesses
Watch anytime (external link)

Pasifika Business Fono Dunedin

Come and connect with other local Pasifika businesses!

These fono are great for any business, no matter what stage you are in - looking to start up, grow your business more or just network. There will be something for everyone. Refreshments provided.

These events will be monthly.

When: Tuesday 29 November, 6:30pm.
Where: Pacific Trust Otago, 16 McBride Street

Book your space, call or text 0225359856 or email andrew@pto.nz

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.

Queenstown

MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
Ground Floor, Building 11
Remarkables Park Town Centre
Frankton
Queenstown 9300

Dunedin

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

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