Connecting to jobs, training and business support

New Zealanders have a new way to find out about the services available from government agencies to help them explore jobs, study, training or business support.

Launched in August 2020, Connected is an all-of-government service that provides information on government support such as

  • Job vacancies
  • Study and training options, including support for apprenticeships
  • Careers advice
  • Finding staff
  • Business support.

The Connected service includes a website (, a phone line (0800 264 737) and Connected centres in 35 of the Ministry of Social Development’s sites and three of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Jobs and Skills Hubs.

Anyone is welcome to drop into a Connected centre without an appointment for support to navigate the services available from government agencies in their region.

The Connected centres host a wide range of activities, ranging from events for young people to training sessions and business networking functions. Employers can meet job seekers and run events at Connected centres.

Through Connected, government agencies will be able to better support people to access the range of services available in the regions where they live and work.

They will also be able to increase their connections with other agencies so that employers, job seekers and people interested in training or retraining will know the full suite of government services available.