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Training while you work

Continue to broaden your skills while working. You can become better at your job, increase your chance for a promotion or change your career entirely.

Getting started

Think about what training would benefit both you and your employer and discuss it with them.

You can:

  • ask your boss if some study time can be included in your work hours
  • cut back your work hours while you study
  • attend evening or weekend courses
  • find a course that’s offered online or by distance education.

Talk to your employer to find a solution that works well for you both.

Train to progress in your current career

Get credit for skills and knowledge you already have

You may be able to credit existing skills and knowledge towards a qualification.

Credit work or learning towards a qualification 

Finding a course

Studying while working

Studying while you work is hard going, so know your options and make the right decisions on what to study.

Study and training options

Train for a new career

It’s possible to train for a new career while still working in a different field.

Train to change career

Search for training providers

You’re able to search courses by region, qualification type and study field at Careers NZ.

Careers NZ course finder

You can also talk to the industry training organisation (ITO) that covers the type of work you do, to see if there are any on the job learning opportunities.

ITO contact details and training options

Training options for health and education sector workers

Early childhood education

The New Zealand College of Early Childhood Education offers field-based learning where you work part-time while studying towards your teaching qualification.

If you’re already working in early childhood education

Health sector

If you’re already working in the health sector, Health Workforce NZ can work together with you and provide funding to the organisation you work for to assist with your career development.

Health Workforce NZ

Careerforce is an ITO providing work-based training towards qualifications in health and wellbeing, social and community sectors.


Funding and payment

Training or study outside of normal work hours needs to be negotiated with your boss. They might help pay for some of your fees or give you study leave — ask your boss if this is an option.

Workplace support for your training


If you’re planning to start tertiary study or training for the first time you may be eligible for fees-free. Find out more and use the fees-free online eligibility checker.


Scholarships, grants and awards

Find out what scholarships, grants and awards are out there and where to get more information on them.

Scholarships, grants and awards

Student loan

A student loan can help cover course fees, course-related and living costs, but you need to pay it back.

Student loans

Student Allowance

Student Allowance is a weekly payment to help with living expenses while you’re studying. You do not have to pay it back.

Student allowance

Work and Income

Depending on where you’re located and which industry you work in, Work and Income may be able to assist with further training or retraining.

Work and Income


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