Find jobs, courses, business support and events in Taranaki, noted for its strengths in dairying, energy and engineering

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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.

When: Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment
Where: Connected Centre, Work and Income, Dawson House, 160 Devon Street West

Request a booking  Connectednewplymouth@msd.govt.nz

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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:

  • Clerical Support
  • Registered Nurse
  • Service Lead
  • Intern Pharmacist.

Find out more and apply (external link)

Are you looking for a free service to help you connect to your next employer?

The Chamber Hub is an initiative that connects people and businesses through employment and training. You can find support in the following ways:

  • Promote you in their network of employers in the region
  • Provide feedback on your job applications
  • Help you create a strong CV and cover letter
  • Provide resources to support you during your job search
Find out more (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 licences or you're wanting to chat to someone contact Nuala on connectednewplymouth@msd.govt.nz 

More Taranaki jobs

Looking for other work? Check out Kimi Mahi Mai Find a Job, Work and Income’s recruitment website.

Kimi Mahi Mai 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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Site Safe Passport

If you are working in construction, you need to understand your health and safety responsibilities.

Gain tools and knowledge to keep you and your co-workers safe onsite.

You will learn:

  • To identify the importance of being healthy and safe in a construction side/environment
  • To identify your rights and responsibilities and your employers rights and responsibilities under the legislation in relation to your role on the job
  • To identify way on how to keep yourself physically and mentally healthy and safe
  • To identify common controls that are used in a construction environment.

Contact Nuala on 029 200 8632 for a booking

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)

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)

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)
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Need 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)

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)

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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