Government Agencies

Invercargill Electoral Commission

The 2020 General Election will be held in September along with the End of Life Choice and cannabis referendums. 

By enrolling and voting you’re having a say in the decisions that affect you, and having a voice in the running of the country. 

Your local Registrar of Electors, Danette Pikia, will be attending CareerFest Southland, so you can update your details or enrol to ensure you have your say on the future. 

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LSV and Connected, Invercargill

What is it?

LSV is a live-in training course through the Ministry of Social Development, run in partnership with New Zealand Defence Force for 18-24-year olds. 

The six-week program builds confidence, life skills and a willingness to learn and grow in their future workplace. 

Hire a LSV graduate?

LSV graduates: 

  • are motivated 
  • are self-disciplined 
  • value teamwork, and 
  • have respect for others. 

Young people volunteer to take part in LSV. They learn new skills and get to know more about who they are, what they want to do and what it takes to get there. 

When they graduate, they’re ready to work, learn and want to make a positive contribution to your business. As an employer you’ll be supporting LSV graduates and your community. 

What is Connected?

Connected is a service to help New Zealanders connect to the wide range of Employment, Education and Training supports and advice available through government agencies.

Connected includes a website, phoneline and face-to-face service to help people access support and see the full range of assistance that’s available across government.

The service will help a wide range of New Zealanders find the advice and support they need, including businesses, people looking for help to find a job or who are worried about keeping the one they have, and those looking for education and training advice and opportunities.

Connected is an all-of-government service led by the Ministry of Social Development.

To find out more about the LSV course - email,  call or text 029 2013015

Workbridge Southland

Here at Workbridge we understand how challenging it can be to find employment. By partnering with us, we can help build your confidence and develop your abilities to reach your employment goals.

Workbridge is a specialist nationwide employment service that helps people with all types of injuries, illnesses, and disabilities find sustainable employment. Having been around for 90+ years, Workbridge has grown to be one of New Zealand’s largest leading employment agencies, known for recognising and strengthening abilities rather than focusing on disability. We embrace diversity and walk our talk. We are 100% accessible and are committed to mana motuhake (self-determination), while respecting the role of the whanau in many cultures.   

What we offer

  • a FREE, private, and confidential service that empowers jobseekers into employment
  • help finding the right job and the right employer 
  • CV development, interview skills training and pre-employment activities
  • assistance with accessing Government Support Funds
  • tools and training to help you build your confidence to succeed at work
  • up to 12 months of pre-employment support
  • a further 12 months of dedicated post placement support

Our vision is “Everyone who wants a job has one and employers choose the right person with the skills and qualities for the job”. We are invested in your success and aim to encourage and provide an optimistic view, all while putting you and your job search first. We work with jobseekers to maximise their strengths and help employers to maximise their opportunities.

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