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Free careers advice

Get free one-to-one advice from a professional career expert in New Plymouth.

This free career advice and support can help you:

  • Make a personalised career plan
  • Explore training and study options
  • Look for job opportunities
  • Write and update your CV
  • Prepare for job interviews

Sessions can be in person or over the phone.

Where: Connected Centre, Work and Income Service Centre, Dawson House, 160 Devon Street West

Request a booking by contacting Nuala on 029 200 8632 (text/call) or through Connectednewplymouth@msd.govt.nz


The Chamber Hub is a free service to help connect you to your next employer.

Chamber Hub is an initiative of the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development that connects people and business through employment and training. They want to support you in your search for mahi.

How they help:

  • Promote you as a candidate to our network of employers across the Taranaki region
  • Provide feedback and advice on your job applications and how to communicate your strengths and suitability to different employers
  • Help you craft a strong CV and cover letter
  • Provide resources and referrals to support you during your job search
  • Chamber Hub will be your number one supporter every step of the way
Find out more and self refer (external link)

Get your licence and improve your job opportunities

Are you sick of relying on others or the bus system to get you places?

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 have any questions about driver licenses or you're wanting to chat to someone contact Nuala on connectednewplymouth@msd.govt.nz 

Work for Te Whatu Ora Taranaki

Keen to start or continue your career in health?

Lots of opportunities at Te Whatu Ora Taranaki.

Examples of some current vacancies:

  • Health professionals
  • Medical Staff
  • Payroll Officer
  • Administration

Find out more and apply (external link)

More Taranaki 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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Upskill with Literacy Aotearoa

Literacy Aotearoa New Plymouth have a wide range of classes with rolling start dates.

Whether you want to upskill in the digital world, better your literacy and numeracy skills, get help with sitting your learner licence, learn about leading a healthy lifestyle of if your already in employment and need help touching up with your numeracy and literacy, there is a course suitable for you! 

All classes are held at the Literacy Aotearoa campus, 89 Liardet Street, New Plymouth (Corner of Lemon and Liardet Street), or online.

The following courses are now open for people to join at any point:            

  • Basic Digital Literacy: Mondays, 10am - 12pm
  • Literacy and Numeracy: Tuesdays, 10am-12pm
  • Learner's Licence: Wednesdays, 10am-12pm
  • Healthy lifestyles: Thursdays, 10am-12pm
  • Workplace - Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Literacy: Thursdays, 12:30pm - 3:30pm 
  • Online Basic Digital Literacy - Weekly online sessions for students who would like to learn more basic digital literacy.

Enquire by email rrush.280@literacy.org.nz or ring the office on (06) 759 4650 

For more information you can follow Literacy Aotearoa on Facebook (external site)

View more about Literacy Aotearoa (external link)

Book a careers chat

Have a chat with a study advisor from WITT to better understand your goals and study options.

What will your next step be?

The career conversation is 50 minutes where an advisor will explore your current situation and future study and career options. This can be either in person, over the phone or by video call.

Book your chat (external link)

Te Heke Mai

Te Heke Mai is a coaching programme providing support to anyone who is looking for work, in training or starting new jobs.

Through a handy app, friendly real-life coaches help you to set goals specific to your individual journey and support and coach you through your journey and towards achieving your goals.

Te Heke Mai is designed to mentor and help individuals grow the skills to manage life and work challenges.

To discuss further email hello@tehekemai.co.nz or Phone 0800 938474

Find out more (external link)

Choose your local course

Thinking about studying but want to stay here in Taranaki?

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

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)

SiteSafe Passport

Gain your FREE SiteSafe Passport

Gain your Free Sitesafe passport on the day, through the new Virtual Reality headsets.

Contact Nuala on 029 2008632 for a booking

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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!

For more information (external link)

Central North Island Business Growth and Support Webinars

Digitally connecting you with business support and services available to all industry sectors across the Central North Island.

The Central North Island Business Growth and Support Virtual Conference was brought to you by Connected.govt.nz and DigitalBoost.co.nz, to connect you with business support and services available, to all industry sectors across the Central North Island.

Watch as many sessions as you’d like, to hear about the offerings provided by the agency presenting.

  • Connected - Connecting you to support for your business 
  • 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
  • Te Puni Kōkiri - Services by Māori, for Māori and with Māori, to support the growth and sustainability of your business
  • NZ Trade and Enterprise - Helping New Zealand Businesses to grow internationally
  • Manawatū Business Chamber - Encouraging and supporting integrated business growth that creates wealth and employment throughout the Manawatū region
  • Taranaki Chamber of Commerce - The voice of Taranaki business championing the local economy as a force for economic growth, job creation and prosperity
  • He Toronga Pakihi ki Taranaki - Bringing together and supporting Māori business for growth and development
  • Whanganui & Partners - Build your business. A central location, healthy economy, developed infrastructure and low operating costs make us a destination of choice.
  • Māori Women's Development Inc - Supporting wāhine Māori and their whānau in business
  • EMA - Supporting New Zealand organisations through business training courses, network support & business advocacy groups
  • Amotai - Unlocking opportunities for Māori and Pasifika businesses through supplier diversity
  • 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
  • Digital Boost - Helping your business move into the digital world
Watch anytime (external link)

Needing assistance finding the right employee?

The Chamber Hub offers a free service to help connect you to your next employee.

MSD in partnership with the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce have created the Chamber Hub which is a hub to connect employees with employers.

If you have any job opportunities reach out to the Chamber Hub to see if any of their candiates are right for you. This could be permanent placements or short-term jobs, the Chamber Hub Coordinators know their job seekers well, so you can be confident of their recommendations.

Give Mary a call on 06 759 9080 or send her an email at mary@taranakichamber.co.nz

Keen to grow your business?

Size, sector and your business stage doesn’t matter, Venture Taranaki’s Enterprise Advisors are here to help your business development.

The enterprise advisory team at Venture Taranaki is available to meet with you anywhere in Taranaki and offer a customised approach to helping your business succeed. Some of the assistnace they can provide is below,

  • Mentoring support
  • Partnerships and Networks
  • Advisory support
  • Entrepreneurship and start-up support
  • Exporting goods support

Does this sounds like some support you could use?

Apply online (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.

New Plymouth

MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
Dawson House
160 Devon Street West
New Plymouth 4310

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