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    • Ports Worker

      Have you always had a fascination with the operating of our ports? Working in this environment is always varied and exciting. 

    • Automotive Engineering / Mechanic

      Have a passion for all things cars? Get to know them inside and out and keep them moving with this versatile automotive career.

    • Tiling

      Talk about variety - every day you could be working on a different site with different materials using different techniques.

    • Telecommunications technician

      Looking to be part of the team helping Kiwis communicate with each other and the rest of the world?

    • Telecommunications - Electricity Supply

      Technology is at the heart of telecommunications. If you want to be involved in an industry where you will always be at the technological forefront - check it out.

    • Surveying

      Mixing outdoor and office work, physical and mental tasks with jobs of differing scale - it could be said that surveying delivers the best of both worlds.

    • Scaffolder

      Have a head for heights and thrive when working in a team? Scaffolding offers great opportunities.

    • Rural Contracting

      Being at the centre of things in one of New Zealand’s biggest industries means challenges aplenty. With a variety of machinery and agricultural techniques to master you will always be learning.

    • Roofer

      Working with changing technologies in the great New Zealand outdoors sound good? Roofing offers a great career path for team players looking for a challenge and who don’t mind heading to the top.

    • Roadmarking

      For people who don’t want to be tied to their desk and enjoy the outdoors, being part of New Zealand’s roadmarking industry could be the one.

    • Resource Recovery Worker

      If reduce, reuse and recycle is your mantra then being part of New Zealand's resource recovery team could be for you.

    • Quarry Worker / Manager

      It’s not just about getting things out of the ground.

    • Plumber

      If you love variety and are always up for a challenge then stop right there. In an industry where professionals are always in demand your attitude and attention to detail could be the recipe for success.

    • Pavement Surfacing

      It’s all about attitude when working part of a tightknit paving crew. With a variety of techniques, machinery and tasks to master no two days are the same which means there is a strong career pathway available.

    • Painting & Decorating

      Love to transform the boring into the brilliant? The mundane into the spectacular? Working with clients to bring their homes and businesses on trend is where it all starts.

    • Network or Hydro Operator

      Working in the electrical supply industry in New Zealand is a career for life. There is demand for skilled professionals across both the electricity supply network and within the hydro-electric generation field.

    • Mine Worker/Manager

      If you enjoy a physical and mental challenge while working as part of a larger team then working in a mine or a quarry could be for you.

    • Masonry

      Blending the traditional with the technological, masons work with traditional building tools and natural materials like limestone, granite and natural New Zealand stone to create structures and features that last.

    • Visual Merchandise

      Visual merchandise is a key skill for any retail career. Customers buy when product looks good! Find out more.

    • Travel

      Travel can take you anywhere. Having the right travel skills - as an agent or experienced consultant - can take you further!

    • Tourism

      Tourism is a growth industry in New Zealand. Equip yourself with the right skills to ensure visitors to Aotearoa have the best experience possible.

    • Sales Representative

      Sales expertise is a skill that can take you anywhere and into any career.

    • Retail Sales

      You always remember great service, right? What made it great? A smile, their helpfulness, great customer service?

    • Retail Manager

      Excellent customer service drives the success of some of the country’s most popular retailers. Pathways into management are readily available.

    • Pilot

      Ready for take-off? Find out to get qualified in aviation, with all the practical and theoretical knowledge you'll need.

    • Museum & Collections Guide

      There are new and old worlds to discover in a museum and it takes a special set of skills to run them!

    • Hotels & Accommodation

      Imagine running your own upscale hotel or boutique accommodation? Get started with the right skills.

    • Hospitality Management

      From hotel management to cookery, front of house to bartending, the hospitality sector has many vibrant and exciting careers.

    • Heavy Vehicle Driver (Heavy Haulage Transport)

      Heavy Haulage involves piloting overweight and over-dimension loads all around NZ. It's a great skill to have and there is demand for skilled operators.

    • Food Services (Catering)

      Impressing large groups of people with great food and great service, often outside of a traditional restaurant setting, can be a real challenge. Are you up for it?

    • Flight Attendant

      Always dreamed of flying? You can! And you can get qualified.

    • Cookery

      Gain the essential repertoire of culinary skills and knowledge you need to impress the most discerning diners. Cookery is a great start to your culinary career!

    • Conventions & Incentives
      A growing part of NZ's tourism industry, sometimes known as Business Tourism, the conventions and incentives (C&I) sector is all about running seamless events, where people can meet and mingle in an environment conducive to business.
    • Cafe Worker

      Choosing where to eat or enjoy a drink comes down to the food, the atmosphere and, of course, great service. There are lots of qualifications available in hospitality to take your career anywhere!

    • Bus Driver

      Passenger services is a varied and challenging opportunity. Did you know we need 2,600 new people in this sector by 2020?

    • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

      Servicing and maintaining aircraft to a high standard is so important. Your engineering skills will grow in this role and there's a range of on-the-job qualifications available.

    • Textiles

      There is a range of roles in the textiles sector producing woolen fabrics and products supporting a range of other sectors.

    • Telecommunications - Electricity Supply

      Technology is at the heart of telecommunications. If you want to be involved in an industry where you will always be at the technological forefront - check it out.

    • Signmaking

      Love art and design, as well as the underlying details that bring ideas to life? Want to keep on learning throughout your career? Then signmaking could be for you.

    • Retail Sales

      You always remember great service, right? What made it great? A smile, their helpfulness, great customer service?

    • Refrigeration & air conditioning

      Manufacturing, installing and maintaining the components used in air conditioning and refrigeration systems means no two days are alike in this career.

    • Rail

      Throughout New Zealand rail moves both freight and passengers. This means the range of career options ranges from sales and management to signals and maintenance (and of course train drivers).

    • Printing

      Working in the print industry means working with a range of people, technologies and products. From design to production the combination of creativity and technology has something for everyone.

    • Plastics

      Look around you and see how many things are made of plastic – we are surrounded by them. From the custom to the commercial the range of career options available are as varied as the products produced.

    • Packaging

      For a career where you get to use the latest technology while maintaining a hands-on element check out the packaging industry.

    • Maritime

      With such a vast coastline and our love of the water the maritime sector offers many opportunities to build a career – be it on commercial, fishing or private vessels.

    • Locksmithing

      Like working on jobs which range in scale? With a team or as an independent? A career as a locksmith can offer this and more.

    • Heating, ventilating & air conditioning

      In homes, supermarkets, shopping malls and office buildings - heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems need people to fabricate, install and maintain them. Could this be you?

    • Furniture

      Do you take pride in quality craftsmanship? Love creating and working with your hands? From the small scale to the big, a career in the furniture industry could be for you.

    • Forestry

      Ninety-nine percent of New Zealand’s wood comes from sustainably managed forests. The sector needs 25,900 new, trained, workers by 2025.

    • Fire Protection

      Fire protection engineer’s work ranges from discussing clients’ fire protection needs to selecting, commissioning and maintaining firefighting and fire safety equipment.

    • Engineering

      Looking to build and maintain the machinery and tools for the manufacturing and engineering industries then an engineering career could be for you.

    • Electronic security technician

      Interested in going hi-tech? Working as an electronic security technician presents the opportunity to work on jobs both big and small, ranging from the simple to the complex.

    • Electrician

      Variety is at the heart of this career. From the size of the organisation, the type of work undertaken, to where the workplace is – this is a career where the skills you learn can take you anywhere you want.

    • Crane specialists

      Rubber tyred, track mounted mobile and tower cranes are just some of the different types of cranes used in New Zealand today.

    • Collision Repairer/ Panelbeater

      Keen on cars, getting stuck in and keeping up-to-date with the latest technology? Then a career in collision repair could be for you.

    • Canvas Fabricator

      Blending the creative with the practical and the technical - canvas fabricators can produce anything from post protectors to inflatable slides.

    • Butchery

      Hands-on and requiring a commitment to perfecting technique the rewards of one of the world’s oldest trades are immense.

    • Business

      Complement technical skills with a wider range of business skills including team management and sales.

    • Bakery

      Combining creativity and science with a healthy dose of hands-on work, bakery careers offer a range of opportunities as varied as the products produced.

    • Viticulture

      The world wants Kiwi wine. Exports are worth over $1.3 billion and sales are forecast to keep rising. This is the perfect place and time to be involved in such a dynamic and exciting industry.

    • Vegetable production

      If you enjoy working outside and love growing things, a career in vegetable production could be for you.

    • Sports turf

      Think of activities and sports played on turf — rugby, cricket, golf, and more — and you’ll realise the importance of highly skilled sports turf specialists who keep the turf in peak condition.

    • Sheep and beef farmer

      If you’re keen to live in the country, work outside and with animals, a career in sheep and beef farming could be for you.

    • Seafood

      Are you interested in the guardianship of our kai moana and keen to work in a thriving, supportive industry that offers clear career pathways in a variety of businesses on and off the sea.

    • Primary Services
      There are so many interesting layers to careers and industries in the primary sector providing vital support industries such as hydrology, rural servicing and energy and chemical plant operations.
    • Postharvest

      Postharvest covers the steps between harvesting crops and point of sale.

    • Nursery production

      If you enjoy working outside and love growing things, a career in nursery production could be for you.

    • Meat processing

      Help get food on the table for people in New Zealand and around the world! Careers in meat processing offer good pay and great promotional prospects.

    • Landscaping

      If you want to create and design strong environments, landscaping could be for you.

    • Heavy Vehicle Driver (Log Transport)

      As the forestry sector grows so does the need for log transport drivers! Find out more about this specialist skill.

    • Heavy Vehicle Driver (Goods Service)

      Heavy vehicle driving skills are in demand. Specialist areas including goods services also offer on-the-job learning opportunities.

    • Fruit production

      If you enjoy working outside and love growing things, a career in fruit could be for you.

    • Forestry

      Ninety-nine percent of New Zealand’s wood comes from sustainably managed forests. The sector needs 25,900 new, trained, workers by 2025.

    • Equine

      From the glamorous occupation of a jockey to the behind the scenes efforts of stable hands, the equine industry is made up of lots of roles.

    • Dairy Systems

      Play an essential role in supporting New Zealand's biggest industry.

    • Dairy processing

      Work in dairy manufacturing and you’ll help process dairy products — from milk powder to cheese, yoghurt and ice cream.

    • Dairy farming

      If you’re keen to live in the country, work outside and with animals, a career in dairy farming could be for you. There are around 11,400 dairy farms in New Zealand, milking over 4.6 million cows.

    • Arboriculture

      Arboriculturalists grow and cultivate trees and shrubs. With an apprenticeship, you’ll master tree health and hazards, advanced felling techniques and selecting trees for landscaped areas or revegetation.

    • Amenity horticulture

      Keen to make your community a more vibrant place while growing your career prospects?

    • Textiles

      There is a range of roles in the textiles sector producing woolen fabrics and products supporting a range of other sectors.

    • Hairdressing

      Always dreamed of becoming a hairdresser? Looking for a creative outlet to unleash your talents?

    • Beauty

      Does great beauty come from within? Or with the help of qualified a beauty therapist!

    • Barbering

      Barbering has really taken off in New Zealand and there's a real demand for qualified barbers. Unleash your creativity in this sector!

    • Youth Worker

      Youth workers support young people and their families by helping them develop quality relationships, build healthy connections, and provide them with guidance.

    • Support Worker

      As our population ages the roles support workers play in the community become important for people to maintain independence.

    • Social Service Worker

      Like youth work, social service work is an important community role. There are genuine career opportunities for young people in this sector.

    • Security Guard

      The security industry offers a range of different roles and career opportunities.

    • Health Care Assistant

      Want to provide support and care to those who need it? You can build a career in this sector too.

    • Diversional Therapist

      Health and wellbeing is important no matter what age you are! Diversional therapists help people of all ages stay active.

    • Corrections or Probation Officer

      Corrections officers play an important role in New Zealand prisons. Qualifications offer national recognition of skills and experience gained on-the-job.

    • Ambulance Officer

      Ambulance Officers are called upon to perform a huge range of tasks as a part of their everyday duties.

    • Air Traffic Services

      On the ground or in the air, this has to be one of the most important areas in the aviation industry. And there's a range of opportunities to earn and learn too.

    • Aeronautical Engineer

      Aeronautical engineers plan and supervise the manufacture, modification and maintenance of all types of flight vehicles, from helicopters to space vehicles!

    • Motorcycle Engineering

      Is your passion motorcycles? Want to learn how to keep them on the road and customers happy?

    • Automotive Heavy Engineering

      Did you know that in the heavy vehicle industry there are opportunities across road transport, agriculture, plant and equipment, and materials handling equipment?

    • Automotive Refinisher

      From repair through to restoration - automotive refinishing careers offer both the scope and opportunity to excel.

    • Automotive Electrical Engineering

      Vehicles and electronics your thing? Then get the best of both worlds with a career which combines both.

    • Appliance & electronics serviceperson

      Visit your kitchen (or any other room in your house) and you realise how far household appliances have advanced.

    • Apparel

      From design to production and sales to distribution the variety of opportunities in the apparel industry is huge.

    • Line Mechanic Transmission

      Like to work in a team? Have a willingness to learn? Is your attention to detail second to none? Working amongst the high voltage transmission lines in the electricity supply industry could be the career for you.

    • Line Mechanic Distribution

      Like to get out and about? Don’t mind heights? Looking for a career that can take you anywhere? These are all things a career as a line mechanic can provide.

    • Kitchen & Bathroom Design

      Planning and designing dream kitchens and bathrooms combines both traditional drawing and digital technology skills.

    • Joinery

      Combining traditional and modern skills to create functional or decorative pieces, joinery suits those who enjoy making sure everything is just right.

    • Interior Systems

      Like things just so? All about the attention to detail and understand it can be the difference between good and great?

    • Horizontal Directional Drilling

      As a key member of the civil construction works team, there is the opportunity to employ problem-solving skills, technical nous and leadership in this career.

    • Glass & Glazing

      With great career options available glass and glazing specialist roles can range from manufacturing to the customised.

    • Gasfitter

      If you love variety and are always up for a challenge then stop right there. In an industry where professionals are always in demand your attitude and attention to detail could be the recipe for success.

    • Furniture

      Do you take pride in quality craftsmanship? Love creating and working with your hands? From the small scale to the big, a career in the furniture industry could be for you.

    • Frame & Truss

      With a strong career path available there is matching demand for frame and truss manufacturers and detailers.

    • Flooring

      An industry where trained professionals are always in demand this career suits those who enjoy being part of a team, like a physical challenge and love variety.

    • Exterior Plastering

      Like to be kept on your toes – both physically and mentally? Exterior plastering is a great option for people who love being part of a team, thrive on a challenge and aren’t afraid to get stuck in.

    • Electronic Security Technician

      Interested in going hi-tech? Working as an electronic security technician presents the opportunity to work on jobs both big and small, ranging from the simple to the complex.

    • Electricity Supply

      Want to be part of the team that makes sure there is always electricity to use?

    • Electrician

      Variety is at the heart of this career. From the size of the organisation, the type of work undertaken, to where the workplace is – this is a career where the skills you learn can take you anywhere you want.

    • Driller

      Looking for a practical role with a variety of work? Drilling presents the opportunity to learn a range of skills and employ problem-solving techniques to get the job done right.

    • Drainlayer

      If you love variety and are always up for a challenge then stop right there. In an industry where professionals are always in demand your attitude and attention to detail could be the recipe for success.

    • Crane Specialists

      Rubber tyred, track mounted mobile and tower cranes are just some of the different types of cranes used in New Zealand today.

    • Concrete

      Concrete is the most widely used construction material in the world. It's used in almost all areas of the building and construction industry.

    • Civil Utilities

      Offering opportunities from the ground up (actually even including water) – if you’re a hands-on problem solver working in the civil utilities sector could be for you.

    • Civil Construction
      Looking for an opportunity to be hands on, part of a team that works towards a common goal while continuing to learn and develop new skills? Then civil construction could suit you down to the ground.
    • Carpentry

      This is an industry where demand for qualified professionals outstrips supply. If you're interested in carpentry and building opportunities are everywhere.

    • Cable Jointer
      Want to get involved in a challenging industry offering great career opportunities and rewards? Then New Zealand’s electrical supply industry could be for you.
    • Brick & Block Laying
      Love being able to see what you’ve done? Getting stuck in while combining your practical and more artistic side? Brick and block layers get to do this and more.
    • Architectural Aluminium Joinery
      There's many different jobs available working with aluminium joinery. From the manufacture and design of joinery through to the installation of the finished product on site.
    • Appliance & electronics serviceperson
      Visit your kitchen (or any other room in your house) and you realise how far household appliances have advanced. If you like the challenge of working with different technologies across the trades spectrum then look no further.
    • Agrichemical Applicaton
      Working at the heart of the agriculture sector, agrichemical applicators have the knowledge and skills that supports one of New Zealand's most important industries.
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