Southland Learning Pathways

Hear from young people about why they enjoy their jobs and opporunities available to them and also hear from employers about the success of the Youth Futures Programme

Community College Southland

Education and transition to work courses
0800 887 007

Front-Line Training Consultancy

Education and training for work courses
0800 2UPSKILL (O800 28775455)

Southern Institute of Technology

Foundation studies to master’s degrees, arts, business, environmental, health & social services, IT, primary industries, sport & recreation, trades
0800 40 3337

Southern REAP

Education opportunities for learners living in rural Southland, Fiordland and Wakatipu
0800 111 117

University of Otago Southland Campus

Teacher education courses
03 211 6274


Farming, hospitality, automotive, early childhood education, and literacy & numeracy courses
03 218 2989


Electrical apprenticeships
0800 275 3816


Plumbing, drainlaying and gasfitting apprenticeships
027 591 8810

Southern Group Training

Apprentice employer
03 218 8532

Youth Service

Free guidance for most 16 and 17-year-olds
0800 887 007

Industry Training Organisations

New Zealand has 11 ITOs who look after training for people already in jobs. They also work with tertiary education providers to develop and deliver courses which provide people with the specific workplace skills they and their employers need.

Contact an ITO to find out more about the training and career opportunities in the industries and sectors they cover

Building and Construction ITO

Architectural aluminium joinery, architectural technology, brick & block laying carpentry, cement & concrete, construction management, floor & wall tiling, flooring, frame & truss manufacturing, glass & glazing, interior systems, joinery, kitchen design, painting & decorating, plastering, stonemasonry, quantity surveying


Phone 0800 422 486


Aged care, contract cleaning, disability, health, mental health & addition, social services, urban pest management


Phone 0800 227 486


Apparel & textiles manufacturing, biosecurity, cabinet making, engineering, fire alarms & protection systems, food & beverage processing, forest harvesting, forest management & establishment, furniture manufacturing finishing & upholstery, glass container manufacturing, heating and air conditioning, journalism, laundry and dry cleaning, locksmithing, packaging, paint, ink & resin manufacturing, pharmaceutical & allied products manufacturing, plastics production, print, pulp & paper, retail, retail meat, refrigeration, signmaking, silviculture, solid wood processing, wood panels


09 539 9800



Agricultural contracting & spraying, civil engineering works, demolition, infrastructure construction surveying & panning, power systems & asset management, road construction & maintenance, road marking & bitumen industries


Phone 04 494 1880


Barbering, beauty services, hairdressing, salon management

Phone 04 499 1180


Abrasive blasting, commercial road transport, drilling, explosives, gas, hazardous gases, industrial textile fabrication, mining, motor trade, passenger services, petrochemicals, protective coatings, quarrying, resource recovery, stevedoring & ports, steam, tunnelling, warehousing & logistics, waste management


Phone 0800 88 21 21

NZ Marine & Composites

Boat building, composites manufacturing, marina operations & services, marine sales & services


Phone 09 360 0056

Primary ITO

Agribusiness, animal products inspection, arboriculture, baking yeasts manufacturing, dairying, dairy manufacturing, equine, farming, fellmongery, fencing, floristry, fruit & vegetable production, leather manufacturing, landscaping, meat processing, plant and forest nursery, poultry, seafood, stock & station, water supply & wastewater, wool handling, classing & shearing


Phone 0800 208 020

Service IQ

Accommodation, aviation, cafes, bars and restaurants, food services, museums, quick service restaurants, retail, tourism, travel, wholesale


Phone 04 385 9563


Ambulance, contact centre, drainlaying, electrotechnology, financial services, gasfitting, offender management, security, telecommunications, real estate services, plumbing, power crane operation, public sector & local government, rigging & industrial rope access, rigging & slinging loads, roofing, scaffolding


Phone 09 525 2590

Skills Active Aotearoa

Community Recreation, fitness, nga mahi a te rehia (traditional Maori games), outdoor recreation, snowsports, sport


Phone 04 385 9047

Kickstart your career

Are these the kind of job for you?
We can help get you started on a fulfilling and rewarding career.

Employer Excellence Partners

These employers commit to Invest in Youth. As youth-friendly employers they agree to a minimum set of requirements such as

  • Regularly providing speakers for employer talks in schools
  • Hosting student tours at their workplaces
  • Offering work experience opportunities such as internships or Gateway
  • Contributing profiles of young people employed in their industries
  • Hiring young people whenever possible
  • Supporting, mentoring and upskilling young people who have joined their workplaces

Many Employer Excellence Partners are also members of the Southland Youth Futures Advisory Group which sets work programme priorities and plans new initiatives.

Training Partners

Southland Youth Futures works with providers to ensure students and careers advisers have relevant and up to date information about training options available in Southland.

Business Partners and Industry Supporters

These employers and industry organisations support Southland Youth Futures as time and resources allow and we value their contribution. We couldn’t do what we do without them.