New jobs and training website Connected goes live

New jobs and training website Connected goes live

Last updated 10 August 2020
Last updated 10 August 2020

The Government has today announced the launch of a new online, phone and onsite service in response to the economic impact of COVID-19, creating a substantial range of initiatives to help businesses and individuals in need.

These initiatives range from job creation through to increased support for apprenticeships as well as increasing availability of existing services and funds.

“To support the COVID-19 recovery, we’ve stood up an all-of-government group focused on employment, education and training (EET). This is one example of the initiatives that the new group taking a co-ordinated and strategic approach to job support will be rolling out as we rebuild,” said Chris Hipkins who chairs the government’s Employment, Education and Training Committee. is a one-stop-shop for jobseekers, employers and people seeking information about jobs and training from across government agencies.

It is an online portal that connects people to the support and advice they need across all government agencies that offer products and services relevant to the employment pipeline.

  • as an all-of-government website that enables users (employers, job seekers and people seeking information about training, and soon service providers) to learn more about the supports available, and links to appropriate websites for more detailed information and how to apply
  • A Connected 0800 line (0800 264 737) to support the website and help people access the information and services they need, and
  • connected@[place] locations, initially operating in 35 of MSD’s employment-focused sites around the country and the three MBIE Jobs and Skills Hubs, where people can talk with someone about employment, education and training opportunities

The connected@[place] locations are already open for business providing employment services. Employers and job seekers will be able to meet to discuss vacancies and future opportunities, discuss their needs with knowledgeable staff, get support for job searching, and conduct interviews. Agencies will be able to use the locations to discuss the services they offer and provide training.

It is important that individuals and businesses can find the support that is right for them and know where and how to access it. 

The website, the Connected 0800 line and the connected@[place] locations are all now live.Connected is a joint initiative of agencies, including TEC, and is coordinated by MSD.

Find out more about the Government’s employment, education and training initiatives. 

Read government announcement.