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.

In person: Every Wednesday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm and every Friday 10am - 12pm

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

Request a booking by contacting Sean on 029 9275 287 (text/call) or  Connectednewplymouth@msd.govt.nz

Women in trades

Celebrate International Women's Day by attending Women in trades organised by The Chamber Hub and Witt.

The event will feature various fun and informative activities, including:

  • Digger driving
  • Bobcat manoeuvring
  • Tyre changing
  • Power tool handling

You'll also have the chance to win spot prizes and giveaways throughout the event!

When: Wednesday 8 March, 3pm - 6pm
Where: Infrastructure Park, Connett Road West, Bell Block

Register to attend (external link)
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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

For more information or help to apply for these roles, contact Sean on connectednewplymouth@msd.govt.nz or 029 9275 287

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 Sean on connectednewplymouth@msd.govt.nz or 029 9275 287

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)

Cleaning positions available

Are you interested in full-time shift work?

A local employer has various full-time office and workplace cleaning positions available in New Plymouth and the Taranaki region.

Duties include:

  • vacuuming,
  • mopping,
  • dusting, and
  • rubbish removal.

The work is physical so you need to be reasonably fit, and also have a minimum of restricted driver licence due to driving company vehicles.

If you're interested in applying or have more questions please contact Sean on connectednewplymouth@msd.govt.nz or 029 9275 287

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)

Start your security career now

Work in a range of security roles across Taranaki.

New entrants to experienced guards. Certificate of Approval (COA) is not required as there is assistance available for those who do not already possess one.

The employer is looking for:

  • Control Room Operators,
  • Monitoring Operators,
  • Security Officers,
  • Mobile Patrol Officers, and
  • EMS.

Sites include but are not limited to Construction, Government, Healthcare, and Retail.

The Security Industry is a 24/7 industry operating on a rotating roster so flexibility to work varied shifts is required.

Vaccination is a requirement for this role.

If you're interested in applying or have more questions please email 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)
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Study infrastructure for free

Join Te Pūkenga for a comprehensive program on building roads and infrastructure.

Get hands-on experience with both classroom learning and on-site training.

Starting Monday 17 April, the classes will be held from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Wednesday in New Plymouth.

You'll get a New Zealand Certificate in Infrastructure Works Level 2.

All you need is Steel cap boots, as all other equipment and course material is supplied.

Enrol today (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)

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)

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)

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)

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)
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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.

Introduction to business

Starting a business? Introduction to Business is a two hour session. Learn about the different ways to structure your business, expenses you can claim, and how income tax and provisional tax works.

Kanohi ki te kanohi/Face to face

Wednesday 22 March, 9:30am (external site) (external site)

Where: 315 Devon Street East, New Plymouth


Wednesday 22 March, 7pm (external site)

Tuesday 28 March, 4pm (external site)

Tuesday 11 April, 10am (external site)


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.


Tuesday 21 March, 10am (external site)

Tuesday 4 April, 10am (external site)

Tuesday 18 April, 10am (external site)


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.


Tuesday 4 April, 10am (external site)

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

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)

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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