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To make a booking, please email your Connected centre

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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

Book ahead for an appointment - Sessions can be in person or over the phone.

In person: Every Wednesday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm and every Thursday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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

How to book: Email Connectednewplymouth@msd.govt.nz

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Hospitality mahi opportunities

There are many hospitality opprtunities waiting for you.

A number of New Plymouth cafes, bars and restaurants, and hotels are looking for part and full-time workers across a number of different shifts.

  • Front of House
  • Chefs of all levels
  • Kitchenhands
  • Housekeepers
  • Receptionists
  • Bartenders
  • Many more

Please enquire to connectednewplymouth@msd.govt.nz

Cleaning positions available

Are you interested in full-time or part-time shift work?

An employer has various full-time cleaning positions available in New Plymouth and the Taranaki region.

  • Duties include
  • vacuuming,
  • mopping,
  • dusting,
  • rubbish removal as well as cleaning communal areas such as offices, kitchens and toilets.

The work is physical so you need to be reasonably fit.

If this type of work interests you, apply today.

Please enquire to 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)

Poultry workers

A Bell Block based employer has mulitple positions available at their factory with immediate starts.

Positions available include:

  • Team Leaders,
  • Line Leaders,
  • Hatchery workers,
  • Maintenance Technicians,
  • Fabrication Engineers,
  • Farm Labourers,
  • Process Workers and more.

Employment opportunities to fit your lifestyle, with opportunities for full-time, part-time, temp, casual and contract workers, and full training can be provided to successful candidates.

Please enquire to connectednewplymouth@msd.govt.nz

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)

Learn Te Reo Māori

Get your New Zealand Certificate in Te Reo Māori for free at the Western Institute of Technology (WITT).

In this program, you will learn about:

  • the formulation of grammar structures through the principles of Mana Tangata that influence knowledge of whakapapa relationships within the family, contributing to one’s genealogy.
  • the language to identify links to the land, the environment and people who have significantly contributed to mana whenua.
  • Reo fundamentals in selected contexts including Taranaki karakia and waiata.
  • Te Reo Māori skills and knowledge to perform general activities involving the whanau, mahi and community.

The next intake starts on Monday 25 July.

When: Mondays, 5pm - 8.30pm

Where: WITT, 20 Bell Street, New Plymouth

Find out more and enrol (external link)

Literacy Aotearoa free courses

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 all! 

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:            

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

To enquire email info rrush.280@literacy.org.nz (external site) or ring the office on (06) 759 4650. 

View more about Literacy Aotearoa (external link)

Want a fresh start?

Limited Service Volunteer(LSV) could be for you. Are you 18 - 24 years and need a fresh start and the tools to get a job?

The LSV course is a voluntary and free 6-week training course run by the New Zealand Defence Force.

You’ll meet new people and take part in a range of activities to:

  • increase your confidence
  • earn NZQA credits
  • earn new skills
  • get fit and healthy
  • be proud of yourself.

Think that looks like a bit of you?

Email connectednewplymouth@msd.govt.nz, or pop in to the Connected Centre, Work and Income Service Centre, Dawson House 160 Devon Street West.

Find out more (external link)

Online healthcare training and job placement

It’s never too late to start your new and rewarding career in healthcare with free online skills training and job placement support in a stable sector.

Learn and move at your own pace, and be supported along the way into a care career.

Do the training online from the safety of your own home, before being matched with a local employer for work.

The job placement service is for you if you have not been working in the health sector within the last 5 years, and not working fulltime at the moment.

From MySkill you'll gain qualifications, mahi and a stepping stone into the healthcare industry.

Find out more and apply (external link)

Career development while you work

WITTs QualifyMe programme allows you to take the next step in your career while staying employed.

QualifyMe recognises your work experience as prior learning and allows you to advance your career and studies with as little as two hours per week in the classroom.

If you're working and wanting career development through studies, get in touch with WITT about their QualifyMe program to see if your experience can advance your studies.

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.

Pathways into Primary Industries

Are you interested in work in one of New Zealands primary industries?

New Zealand has long been known as the land of milk and honey but there are a lot of other paths your career could take if you step into the primary industries. Take the careers quiz (external site) to get an idea of where you could fit in!

Even if you have never worked in any primary industry your transferrable skills can open many doors and the team at Primary ITO will help to match you up with the right training pathway and employer to get you where you want to go.

Register your interest today.

Find out more and register (external link)

Police and defence force preparation course

Thinking of joining the police or defence force?

Join a free online programme through Literacy Aoateroa that is perfect for those wanting to join the police, defence force or anyone that needs to undertake psychometric tests.

The course is designed to help you develop:

  • Skills to tackle critical reasoning problems
  • Further maths skills aimed at psychometric tests
  • Your reading and writing skills
  • Work under pressure to complete tasks

When: Tuesday or Thursday evenings 6pm to 8.30pm.
Where: Online via video call.

These are free to all NZ Citizens and Permanent Residents. Courses are ongoing with rolling intakes.

Find out more and register

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)
Looking out

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

Support to hire kiwi's new to the Farming/Dairy Industries

Federated Farmers and MSD have joined to provide support to encourage farmers to hire NZ employees who are new to the sector.

Many New Zealanders jobs have been impacted by COVID 19 and they are looking for new opportunities. This initiative aims to bring potential employees and employers together with a mutually beneficial support scheme.

Provided all eligibility criteria are met the new employee receives a starter kit of farm gear and ongoing pastoral support, the employer can receive a wage subsidy to assist with training costs for the new employee.

Advertise your role free of charge to New Zealand Job Seekers via Work and Income's Jobs during COVID website  (external site)There you will reach people whose jobs have been impacted by Covid-19 and are a registered job seekers.

Once you find the right candidate register with Federated Farmers and they will sort out the rest.

Find out more (external link)

Inland Revenue webinars and presentations for your business

A variety of webinars and online presentations are available to develop your business understanding of taxes and your obligations.

Topics covered include:

  • Employer obligations
  • GST workshop
  • Introduction to business
  • What's changing in 2022

Find out more (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.

New Plymouth

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

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