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Free career advice

Book a one-to-one session with a career expert to make a personalised career plan.

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 or pop into Connected

When: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9.30am to 4.30pm

Where: Connected centre, Work and Income service centre, 33 Gala Street, Invercargill


To book your spot, email connectedinvercargill@msd.govt.nz

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Sawmill workers

Full time positions available working in local sawmills.

General duties include heavy lifting, stacking timber, general tidy up of the workplace and other work-related duties that may be required.

Work is predominantly Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm, but some weekend work maybe required.

Full training is provided. 

You will be expected pass a pre-employment health checks. Current Covid Vaccination is required for this position.

For further information or to apply for one of these positions email workinv@msd.govt.nz

Truck Driving opportunities

Do you have a Class 4 and/or Class 5 truck drivers licence?

Fulltime, part time and casual roles are available with established local companies.

They are looking for team players who are hardworking, reliable and have a good work ethic.

Find out more email workinv@msd.govt.nz

Cleaners needed

Do you take pride in keeping things clean?

Invercargill based employers are searching for part time cleaners.

Duties will include floors, bathrooms, vacuuming and dusting and other general cleaning duties at locations such as commercial and retail businesses, cafés and schools etc. This could also include evenings or weekend work.

You will work to a task list and day routines, have good communication skills and be contactable by phone and email.

Some moderate lifting may be required, so you must be physically fit and healthy.

Previous experience is preferred, but full training will be provided to the right person.

A successful applicant will need the following:

Minimum of a Restricted Drivers Licence and preferably own transport.

The COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021 applies. Mandatory vaccinations for workers | Unite against COVID-19 (covid19.govt.nz)

Apply by email workinv@msd.govt.nz

Security Guards needed

Mulitple roles available in security work.   

If you are looking for full-time, part-time or casual security work in Invercargill in an interesting and varied environment, a position awaits you.

Develop your experience and skills to further your career in the industry.

To be successful in this position, you must display a high level of professionalism and personal presentation. Preferred candidates will hold a current Certificate of Approval or have the ability to obtain COA.

You will be able to work alone or in a team environment, be able to meet company operating procedures and health and safety regulations. You must be customer focused with the ability to deal with a range of situations and people.

You will be trustworthy, reliable and display common sense. Full drivers licence preferred as working in a 24/7 industry in a variety of worksites. 

Find out more and apply email workinv@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.

Apprenticeships are currently available in:

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

Construction general labourers wanted

General labourers are required various assignments in and around Invercargill.

Work can vary from casual afternoon shifts in Bluff loading containers for export, to builders’ labourers on construction sites, to factory hands.

Hours of work will vary depending on the specific assignment.

Applicants must have a reasonable level of fitness and must be able to pass drug testing procedures.

A minimum of Restricted Class 1 licence and own transport will also be required for certain roles.

For more information email workinv@msd.govt.nz

Community health workers needed

Do you have a strong sense of community and are after a foot in the door to working in public health?

Are you a strong communicator? Do you enjoy working as part of a team? 

This is an exciting opportunity to become part of a great team rolling out a national, mobile health initiative to whanau, communities and workplaces.

Multiple fulltime positions available.

Day to day tasks will include administrative support, identity checks, record maintenance, collecting swabs and administering COVID19 vaccinations.

Full PPE, training and certification will be provided.

Some travel may be required. Drivers License preferred but not necessary.

Being vaccinated is a requirement of this role under the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021.

To find out more and apply: Email workinv@msd.govt.nz

Production workers needed

Varying work is available in and around Invercargill for processing workers.

Shifts could be rostered and may include Saturdays and/or overtime

Applicants must have a reasonable level of fitness and may be required to pass drug testing procedures.

Some positions may require a completed Health and Safety induction course.

Applicants will require their own transport or a reliable lift to and from the worksite. A forklift licence is a bonus, but not essential.

Find out more and apply by email workinv@msd.govt.nz

More Southland 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)
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Growing future farmers

Interested in a future in farming?

Growing Future Farmers aims to accelerate the careers of school learners from entry-level faming skills through to advanced farming skills and business management.

This two-year programme (46 weeks each year starting mid-January and ending mid-December), includes:

  • Placement throughout 10 regions of NZ
  • Practical workplace training and development
  • NZQA level 3 qualifications
  • Pastoral care and liaison support
  • Course fees, access to subsidised gear, equipment and clothing pack, and two pups provided
  • Living allowance bursary

Registrations are now open for the January 2023 intake.

Find out more and apply (external link)

Defensive Driving Courses in Southland

Completing a Defensive Driving course can put you on the fast track to your full driving licence.

If not having your full driving licence holds you back from job opportunities then this course is for you. It can reduce the time you are on your restricted licence by up to 6months (if under 25) or 3 months if you are 25 or over.

4 x 2 hour theory sessions and 1 practical drive (you must attend all sessions to complete the course)

Cost: $225

Invercargill

Where: Drivetech Depot, 156 Longbush South Road, Invercargill

When:

  • Tuesday 12 July, Thursday 14 July, Tuesday 19 July and Thursday 21 July, 10am - 12pm
  • Wednesday 27 July, Wednesday 3 August, Wednesday 10 August, Wednesday 17 August, 5pm - 7pm

If you need assistance with the cost of this course check out Course participation assistance and apply for assistance.

Find out more and register (external link)

Upskill in hospitality

If you work in licensed premises, an NZQA-accredited qualification could help you gain the skills needed to become a duty manager.

The Licence Controller Qualification (LCQ) covers your legal responsibilities to comply with liquor legislation and with your duties as a host.

You can gain the qualification in a one-day course or by distance learning.

When: Wednesday 27 July

Where: Frontine Training, 416 Dee Street, Invercargill

Cost: $287.50 plus GST

Contact Frontline reception@front-line.co.nz to register your interest in course dates for 2022.

Find out more and register (external link)

Upgrade your digital skills

Do you need an introductory digital technology skills course to help you with general entry level employment opportunities?

Based at SIT Gore Campus, SIT’s New Zealand Certificate in Computing (User Fundamentals) (Level 2) gives you the opportunity to learn computing from the very beginning.

You will learn:

  • How to use business software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access Database.
  • Database application, desktop publishing, image editing, documents and folder organisation.
  • Internet browsers, search engines and communication.
  • Computer systems, security, compliance and troubleshooting.

This qualification will assist graduates in improving digital literacy and capability in society, in a range of personal, community and voluntary areas.

Next course starts on Tuesday 26 July.

Find out more (external link)

Free skills courses

Frontline Training Consultancy are running a variety of employment taster courses.

These introductory workshops are free of charge. The taster courses are designed to give the basic essential stills needed to start a career in a variety of different employment options.

Course dates are now available for:

  • Taster to reception pathway
  • Hospitality taster
  • Introduction to sales skills
  • Introduction to barista
  • Increase your employability

Email Frontline Reception@front-line.co.nz to register your interest.

Find out more (external link)

Literacy Aotearoa upcoming courses

Literacy Aotearoa in Invercargill have a wide range of courses running this term with rolling intakes.

Whether you want to upskill in the digital world, better your literacy and numeracy skills, get help with sitting your learner license, learn about leading a healthy lifestyle of if you're already in employment and need a bit of help with your numeracy and literacy there is a course suitable for all.

All classes are held at the Literacy Aotearoa campus, Unit 2/41 Leet Street, Invercargill.

The following courses will be available in 2022:

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

Also available: Tailored workplace and learning needs. 

To register your interest email info.c10@literacy.org.nz, ring the office on (03) 214 5524 or text 022 085 1767.

Learn more about Literacy Aotearoa (external link)

Choose your course

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

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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Agritourism Workshops

Discover more about opportunities in agritourism!

Hear about the journey of an existing agritourism business and learn more about operator support, working with trade, regional collaboration and other opportunities within agritourism.

All events include lunch.

Invercargill with Tom O’Brien from  Welcome Rock:

When: Thursday 30 June, 9.30am - 3.30pm

Where: Great South, 143 Spey Street, Invercargill

Gore with Laura Koot from Real Country

When: Friday 1 July, 9.30am - 3.30pm

Where: Croydon Lodge, 100 Waimea Street, Gore

Te Anau with Laura Koot from Real Country

When: Tuesday 5 July, 9.30am - 3.30pm – Lunch included

Where: Te Anau Club, Pop Andrew Drive, Te Anau

Find out more and register (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)

Tourism Communities: Support, Recovery and Re-Set Plan

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 Southland District through their recovery:

  • Business Advisory Support Grant
  • Advice Implementation Grant
  • Tourism Kick-Start Fund

Eligibility guidelines and information to help you prepare for your application are available online.

Your business will need to be registered with Great South who will support you through the application and eligibility process.

Find out more (external link)

Digital marketing courses

Frontline Training Consultancy are running free workshops on Digital Marketing Strategy and Social Media Tips and Tricks.

  • Digital strategy
  • Social Media Tips and Tricks

Contact Frontline Training Consultancy to register your interest in attending these free courses are being run in 2022.

Email reception@front-line.co.nz

Find out more (external link)

Inland Revenue webinars and presentations

Inland Revenue are offering a number of webinars and online presentations to develop your business understanding of taxes and your obligations.

Options include:

  • Employer obligations
  • GST Workshop
  • Introduction to business

Find out more and watch (external link)

Small business development and growth webinars

A series of free webinars available to support small business development and growth.

Malloch McClean - Chartered Accountants & Business Mentors in Invercargill - bring you webinars and podcasts such as the Small Firm, Big Impact Podcast Series, Xero Introductory Series, The Trust Act 2019 and Farming for Profit webinar. 

Tune in today (external link)

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.

Invercargill

MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
33 Gala Street
Invercargill 9810

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