Southland

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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


Request your booking 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
  • Plumbing
  • 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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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)

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)

Primary Industries study opportunities

Are you interested in a career in the primary industries?

There are a huge range of opportunities working with food, fibre, plants and much more.
There are a variety of short courses on offer throughout Otago for you to gain a foot in the door or upskill to progress your career.

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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. 

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.

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.

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)

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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Attract your future workforce

Tips and tricks on how to attract Gen Z talent info your workforce.

This free workshop covers strategies and tips on how to attract Gen Z talent to your business, featuring insights from Trade Me’s data expert Liam Lewis-Farrell.

The workshop will outline practical and effective strategies aimed at helping reach Gen Z in your recruitment approach.  It is designed for anyone who is involved with recruiting staff and would suit both small and large businesses.

A light lunch will also be provided.

When: Wednesday 7 December, 12pm-2pm

Where: ILT Stadium Southland Legends Lounge 1

RSVP online today

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)

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)
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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)

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)

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.

Invercargill

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

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