The COVID-19 pandemic has caused global disruption to work opportunities, which means you might need to retrain for a new job or upskill in your current one.

Are you eligible for free study in New Zealand?

You can study for one year for free if you have not undertaken more than half a year of full-time tertiary education (0.5 equivalent full-time student (EFTS) or 60 credits) at level 3 or above on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).

Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT)

Manukau Institute of Technology offers training for many industries, including those that require hands-on, practical skills.

MIT offers courses in:

If paying for study is a problem, there’s funding and scholarships that may help:

Click here for more about MIT.

Adult and Community Education courses (ACE)

Adult and Community Education in Communities (ACE) classes are short courses run in the evenings or weekends at your local community centre, school, polytechnic, wānanga, or private training organisation. Class sizes are small to help you easily learn basic skills in a subject.

You can learn:

  • basic computer skills
  • apprenticeship training, such as cooking, woodworking, car and home maintenance

You can also develop your work-ready skills:

  • job hunting
  • driver licence education
  • adult numeracy and literacy
  • assertiveness training
  • te reo Māori
  • English as a Second Language (ESOL)
  • Sign Language

Click here for more on ACE courses.

“Hi Pip, it was good to participate in the interview training last week, it made me aware of what I needed to work on for any interviews I have.” Susan Barry, Auckland
“Hi Pip, much appreciated, the CV looks fantastic. I’d hire myself on the spot! Cheers. Fingers & toes crossed I get the job!” Stella Tapu-Sua, Auckland