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Get help to choose the education or training you need if you're starting your work journey or looking to retrain.
Find jobs, courses, business support and events in Otago, a region world-famous for its wine production and natural beauty
To make a booking, please email your Connected centre
Get free in-person advice from a professional career expert in Queenstown, Wanaka, Alexandra and Dunedin.
Career experts can help you to:
Spaces are limited, so email to book your spot.
Thursday 7 JulyThursday 11 AugustThursday 15 SeptemberThursday 6 October
Where: MSD Service Centre, 57 Tarbert Street, Alexandra
Friday 8 and 22 JulyFriday 12 and 26 AugustFriday 9 and 16 SeptemberFriday 7 and 21 October
Where: Queenstown Connected Centre, MSD Service Centre, Ground Floor, Building 11, Remarkables Park Town Centre, Frankton
Thursday 21 JulyThursday 25 AugustThursday 8 SeptemberThursday 20 October
Wanaka Community Hub, 34 McDougall Street
To book your spot in Queenstown, Alexandra and Wanaka, email email@example.com
When: Every Wednesday, 10am - 3pm
Where: Connected Centre, 265 Princes Street, Level G John Wickliffe House, Dunedin
To book your spot in Dunedin, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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.
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.
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. email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
The Positive Lifestyle Programme is run by the Salvation Army in Queenstown and Alexandra.
To find out more, email email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
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:
Mosgiel Community Learning 7 Hartstonge Avenue, Mosgiel South Dunedin Hub - 199 Hillside Road, South Dunedin
Find out more email Jacquie.firstname.lastname@example.org or
The Regional Apprenticeship Initiative (RAI) supports apprentices and their employers in a range of sectors, with priority given to the construction, primary, manufacturing, engineering and wood processing industries.
The scheme, which is provided by Aukaha in Otago, allows up to $32,000 to an employer per apprentice, which includes a wage subsidy aligned to the Apprenticeship Support Programme.
There is extra funding to help with business support and pastoral care, so employers and apprentices can maintain the apprenticeship.
This funding can be used to provide equipment, tools, clothing and other expenses related to staff training and upskilling.
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:
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.
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 - email@example.com
The following course are available:
To learn more about Dunedin courses, get in touch Phone: 477 2055, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you a Supervisor, Manager or just want to learn Health & Saftety 101? The Otago Polytechnic have free online Health and Safety Courses available now.
While onsite health and safety can feel a bit like a chore, it is something to take seriously to protect your team and business. In 2020, 3,873 injuries occurred on construction sites in New Zealand, which resulted in more than a week. Learn how to protect yourself, your team and your business.
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 out how Tradies Academy help tradies supercharge their business.
At the best of times, being a tradie business owner is tough and with the addition of external factors such as worker shortages, supply chain issues, COVID-19 and rising prices - it has become even more challenging.
Join experts as they take you through the learnings they’ve developed from working with hundreds of trade and construction business owners. Identifying the most common mistakes they see, they’ll walk you through what the top performing trade businesses are doing to avoid these mistakes.
The evening will provide an overview of the Tradies Academy programme, followed by the opportunity to connect with like-minded trade business owners over some beers and food. Register by Wednesday 29 June, as places are strictly limited.
When: Wednesday 6 JulyWhere: Village Green Cafe and Bar, 326 Main South Road, Dunedin
Join this workshop in Queenstown to understand the fundamentals of Te Tiriti and how to apply this in your workplace practices and todays society.
Brought to you by Southern REAP and presented by Darren Rewi the workshop will cover:
When: Monday 25 July, 9am - 3pm
Where: St Johns Rooms, 10 Douglas Street, Frankton
Cost: $35 per person
Register by email email@example.com
The Dunedin Business Expo provides a unique opportunity for business people to connect with other businesses over drinks and nibbles. Attend this free expo facilitated by Business South.
There will be an exciting range of exhibitors lined up for the 2022 Business Expo. This is your chance to chat to local businesses, see what services and products they have on offer, and find out how they might be able to assist you and your business.
When: Thursday 28 July, 5pm - 730pmWhere: The Hub, Otago Polytechnic, Forth Street, Dunedin.
An evening format facilitates networking and learning opportunities. Bring a friend, membership is not essential to attend this event.
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:
Once you have completed the course book a free call with the Start Up Queenstown business mentors.
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:
Bookings are essential for the business clinic, which is available on weekdays.
Pakihi offers a free, online short course that enables whānau to realise their potential in business.
Whether you are a new business or have an idea you want to turn into reality this free, online course is for you.
This kaupapa Māori course is designed to help your business move forward, flourish and succeed.
Pakihi will provide you with new skills, a growth plan, mentoring and connections with other business support organisations and networking with other Māori businesses.
Next intake is in July, so sign up today.
Queenstown NZ has partnered with the Southern Wellbeing Trust to roll out GoodYarn.
GoodYarn is a peer-delivered mental wellbeing programme to support the local small business community.
For more information, or to register your company's interest - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Funding is available for expert advice and support to scale-up your tourism business to prepare for the border reopening.
There are three initiatives from MBIE to support eligible tourism businesses in the Queenstown Lakes District through their recovery:
Eligibility guidelines and information to help you prepare for your application are available online.
Your business will need to be registered with Otago Regional Business Partner Network who will support you through the application and eligibility process.
Inland Revenue seminars provide a wide range of information for people who are already in business as well as those considering a move to self-employment.
In the Introduction to Business seminar, you can learn about different types of business structures, record keeping, and how income tax and provisional tax work for businesses.
In the GST Workshop, you can understand who needs to register for GST, how to register, how to keep records and how to file GST returns.
All in person workshops are currently on hold but don't worry you can watch pre-recorded webinars.
Find out more: webinars (external site)
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.
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
MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
John Wickliffe House in the Exchange
265 Princes Street
Last modified: 10 June 2022