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.
Think about what training would benefit both you and your employer and discuss it with them.
- 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.
Get credit for skills and knowledge you already have
You may be able to credit existing skills and knowledge 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.
Train for a new career
It’s possible to train for a new career while still working in a different field.
Search for training providers
You’re able to search courses by region, qualification type and study field at Careers NZ.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
A student loan can help cover course fees, course-related and living costs, but you need to pay it back.
Student Allowance is a weekly payment to help with living expenses while you’re studying. You do not have to pay it back.
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.