Skills & Employment

Key to productivity improvement is the development of skills in the workplace. 


With staffing continuing to provide challenges for many businesses, please consider the following options and organisations that can help you recruit and retain great people.

Employing Talent 

Work and Income connects employers and New Zealand’s largest pool of job seekers. They offer a range of employment services to help your business, including:
• help to recruit staff
• financial support to take on new staff
• training opportunities to help new staff gain the necessary skills
• genuine partnerships to support business and industry.

Their specialist services operate in all areas of employment. They have more than 400 work brokers and employment-focused staff across New Zealand supporting employers and job seekers.

The Apprenticeship Boost (is a payment available to employers of apprentices in their first 24 months of training*) through MSD helps you keep or take on an apprentice - read all about it here. Payment is available till December 2023.

Mana in Mahi supports you to hire a candidate who needs comprehensive support to kickstart a long-term career. You and your employee can get financial and other support (free mentoring and coaching) for up to 12 months. More information can be found here. 

Contact Work and Income: If you’re looking for staff, phone MSD’s Employer Services team 0800 778 008, or look online

MIT's online recruitment portal - visit the website and register and identify your human resource requirements whether it's graduates or student placements. They will vet and shortlist appropriate students for you. 

Auckland Business Chamber also support young people and new migrants into employment through CadetMax and provide six months mentoring support as part of their no cost service.

Check out Auckland Council/Auckland Unlimited's youth employment initiatives to build and connect young talent with businesses.

Building Management Capability

Take a look at The ICEHOUSE programmes.

Workforce Literacy

Workforce literacy has been identified as a crucial area to address to improve business productivity and profitability. The Skills Highway website has useful information on government funding, resources and case studies. MIT are providers of subsidised workplace literacy programmes locally. Other workplace literacy training providers Edvance and Upskills are associate members of Business East Tamaki.

Industry Training Organisations

Government funded industry training organisations oversee the development of national qualifications for industry and develop suitable on and off-job training and assessment for companies. The following ITOs are active in the East Tamaki area:

  • BCITO - Building and Construction
  • Competenz ITO - Engineering, Food, Plastics & Materials Processing sectors including Glass Container, Paints & Coatings, and Pharmaceutical & Allied Products Manufacturing
  • The Skills Organisation - Electrotechnology, Security, Contact Centre, Financial Services, Real Estate, Ambulance, Offender Management and Corporate