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 correspondence.
Talk to your employer to find a solution that works well for you both.
Get credit for skills and knowledge you already have
You can do this through:
Finding a course
Studying while you work is hard going, so know your options and make the right decisions on what to study.
It's possible to train for a new career while still working in a different field.
Search for training providers in your region.
The New Zealand College of Early Childhood Education offers field-based learning where you work part-time while studying towards your teaching qualification.
NZ Marine training programmes combine learning in the workplace with courses at polytechs or universities.
NZ Motor Industry Training Organisation offers a variety of training programmes that combine study with learning on the job.
Funding and payment
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 don't have to pay it back.
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.
If you're already working in the health sector, Health Workforce NZ can work together with and provide funding to the organisation you work for to assist with your career development.
'On the job' training must be paid by your employer. 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.