Are you registered with Work and Income?

Our courses are all available free to Kiwis who are on the Work and Income job seekers benefit. If you have an SWN number, you are eligible. Talk to your Work and Income case manager or sign up directly through our join a course form.

If you are registered as a job seeker with Work and Income, talk to us now about civil industry jobs. We can get you in front of employers as quickly as possible. Help New Zealand kick-start our economy, plus give your family peace of mind with regular, solid income again.

Our courses will rebuild your confidence and help you open doors. We give your CV a makeover and offer your services to big and small employers with jobs North Island-wide. We take you to interviews and work with you to find jobs you enjoy and that are close to where you live. We can also help you relocate to where the work is.

Our courses

New job seekers are recruited weekly and will start courses regularly, with the intake based on course, and in region.

If you are already experienced, we will focus on interview techniques, a CV upgrade, finding and applying for jobs, and working on a career plan.

If you are entry-level, we put you on the tools and show you the basics.

Our sole focus is getting you into a full-time job ASAP.

We hold Construction trade courses where you can learn skills in Building, Painting, Plastering, Scaffolding and more.

Alongside being a registered job seeker, candidates must be able to pass a drug test.

Get hands-on training from experienced and qualified tradies to prepare you for full-time employment!

Futher Requirements:

  • Class 1 Full Licence for Forklift and Wheels, Tracks & Rollers courses
  • Ideally a Class 1 Restricted Licence for Construction Trades and Traffic Control courses
  • Reliable transport or your own vehicle
  • Willing and able to go into full-time employment


If you are an employer wanting to hire trainees from one of our courses, head to our Employer registration page to fill out your details and get involved with us!

Steps to take

  1. Make sure you are registered with MSD and eligible for our course by requesting a client number. (If you are applying through MSD, or know you are already eligible, skip this step.)
  2. Contact us by:
    • Filling out our online Job seeker registration form, OR
    • Calling our call centre on 0800 KCDWORK (0800 523 9675), OR
    • Talking to your Work and Income case manager about attending a Kiwi Can Do course.
  3. A Kiwi Can Do staff member will call you and either do an online interview via Zoom or arrange to meet for a face-to-face interview. This is your chance to find out more about our courses, how we operate and emplyment opportunities.
  4. If accepted, you start when the next course date in your region is available and we start the process of getting you work-ready and preparing you for job interviews.
  5. If you get offered a job while still on the course and have completed at least a week, you start work immediately.
  6. Sometimes it can take a few weeks to land a job. We will continue researching jobs that suit your skill set, sending out your CV and following up seeking job interviews.
  7. You will become part of our Employer Day programmes where employers come to special lunch sessions and spot interviews.
  8. We expect you to also look for work and not rely solely on Kiwi Can Do. We will show you how to job search and submit your CV and ask for a job interview.
  9. Once you land a job, we stay in touch with you and your new employer for three months, making contact at least two times a month. We can help you settle into work and attempt to work through issues that may arise at home or in the workplace.

Job seekers

If you are a Work and Income job seeker looking for work, let us find you another job in the construction industry or make a career change and become a Tradie.

Get started

Get hands-on training from experienced and qualified course providers to prepare you for full time employment!