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PLAN FOR SUCCESS WITH A TRADE CAREER

MAKE IT IN MANAWATŪ

You could be working on houses or huge commercial projects all in the same week. It's all go here, from housing developments and large-scale ventures to new highways and capital infrastructure, and we need YOU to help us make it happen. So get amongst it and make your next move up the career ladder.
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Around 4,800 new jobs a year will be created in construction in the years to 2028 according to the government’s medium to long term employment outlook

YOU COULD HELP US MAKE THINGS HAPPEN

From huge healthcare projects to multi-story commercial builds and a whole new highway that traverses the Ruahine Ranges, our tradespeople have a hand in creating iconic landmarks – you can too. We've got a wide variety of diverse projects building and developing the region and connecting this region with others. So get in on the action and start building not just a city but some notches on your belt. 
START SEARCHING FOR THE NEXT STEP IN YOUR CAREER HERE >
 $8 billion pipeline of infrastructure and construction planned and underway in the city and region in the next ten years. Money talks, but we need YOU to help us do the mahi.
$8 BILLION
By 2022 we need 15% more plumbers,
14% more electricians and 12% more civil engineers than we currently have.

- MBIE
JOBS
New residential sections available over the next ten years:
•    5000 in Palmerston North
•    5000 in Feilding and Manawatū region
HOUSES
KICKSTART YOUR CAREER WITH UCOL HERE >

INVESTMENT PLAN FOR THE REGION
// 2021-2031

With an $8 billion* pipeline of infrastructure and construction plannned and underway in the city and region over the next decade, this is a place of growth and resilience.

BUILD A LIFE HERE

Finish work and hit the mountain bike tracks, head out to the beach for fish & chips or take your dog to the river for a swim. However you like to live your life, you and your whānau will have more time to do it here in Manawatū. From city life in Palmerston North to friendly Feilding in just 20 minutes, with a mix of city, town and rural living, you can choose the lifestyle you want or have the best of both worlds.
FIND OUT ABOUT LIVING AND WORKING IN PALMY HERE >
Fresh air, feeling alive, pushing limits. Hiking, mountain-biking, adventures, and exploring are yours to grab with both hands. Conquer the rugged and beautiful Tararua and Ruahine Ranges.
Dine out on our amazing offerings with a huge range of cafés, restaurants, and bars.
5 Ski fields within a 3-hour drive.
Chuck your surfboards on the roof racks and put your bikes on the back, or get your mates in the car for a road trip. Enjoy easy living in the Manawatū and easy travelling to nearby towns and cities.
Be fast and furious at Robertson Prestige International Speedway, where you can watch or participate in an exciting calendar of petrol-fuelled events. Then, check out the race day events at Manfeild for all the motorsport you could dream of.
Manawatū offers an easy lifestyle for families, with great schools, tertiary institutions, and excellent sports and leisure facilities. You can catch up with your mates, pack a bunch of activities in after work and still get home in time for dinner!
Share a diverse range of experiences with your loved one with our vibrant arts and theatre scene and thriving year-round calendar of cultural and social events and festivals, including premier events at the Awapuni Racecourse.
Wanna get out into a rugged environment and thrash your mountain bike?  Head to Arapuke Forest Park, Manawatū's premier mountain bike park, and get your bike dirty on over 30kms of track.
START SEARCHING FOR THE NEXT STEP IN YOUR CAREER HERE >
DID YOU KNOW?
The number of women training to be apprentices in the construction industry is growing at nearly twice the rate of male apprentices

NOT ALL ABOUT YOU?

Whether you're moving to join them, they're moving to join you, or you're on this big adventure together, you'll find transferring here will be a breath of fresh air. There's a world of opportunity here in Manawatū for you and your other half. Check out the range of options in our largest sectors where you, or they, can build a career:
AGRITECH & AGRIFOOD
DISTRIBUTION & LOGISTICS
EDUCATION (THREE TERTIARY INSTITUTES)
HEALTH
DEFENCE (HOME TO TWO DEFENCE BASES)
TOURISM & VISITOR
MANUFACTURING
SCIENCE AND RESEARCH
Palmerston North is the nation's education, training and research city and is recognised nationally and internationally, inspiring great minds of the future.
3
tertiary institutions
70+
primary, intermediate and secondary schools across the city and region
28.3%
employed in government sector
We're a region of smart and productive people. With our workforce employed in both government and commercial sectors, there are heaps of opportunities here.
DID YOU KNOW?
We've got the highest percentage of doctorates per capita in New Zealand
No more nail-biting rides to the airport. We're smack-bang in the centre of New Zealand with easy access to the airport and parking that's refreshingly easy to get.

You can jump on a plane and get to a bunch of places pretty quickly, so there's no excuse not to make it to your best friend's wedding or your sister's baby shower.
DID YOU KNOW?
Construction is the fifth largest sector in New Zealand’s economy, employing just over a quarter of a million people.
120,000 people choose to call Manawatū home, but we want you to be 120,001.
With lower rent and house prices, you get to choose whether you want to upgrade your living environment or have more money leftover (a lot more money) to do whatever makes you happy.  In Manawatū, your chances of finding a whare with off-street parking are high!
Figures as at June 2021
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Apply yourself to a great new career and a rewarding life!
Job Category :

General Hand

Horowhenua
Good opportunity for someone with hands on skills and a willingness to learn
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Plumber / Gasfitter / Drainlayer

Whanganui
Plumber / Gasfitter / Drainlayer or any combination to join our team.
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Class 4 Hydro Excavation Truck Operator

Horowhenua
Class 4 Driver to operate Hydro Excavation Truck - $28 per hour starting training rate. ZERO TOLERANCE FOR DRUGS. Start immediately.
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Electrician or Electrical Service Technician

Palmerston North
Seeking a qualified and experienced Electrician or Electrical Service Technician. Competitive pay rate, ongoing training, interesting work.
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PLUMBERS: Work in the Pacific Islands

Whanganui
PLUMBERS wanted for essential work on a remote project in the Pacific. Flights/Accommodation/Meals Supplied. NZ $
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Experienced Plumber required

Manawatu
We operate a busy renovation and property maintenance business which requires a experienced plumber to join our team.
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Drainlayer - Levin

Horowhenua
On going work! Top hourly rates + good company benefits - Levin Location!
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Traffic Controller

Horowhenua
Join a strong whanau oriented team where you are valued. Opportunity to grow your career and receive a competitive pay rate!
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Operator

Horowhenua
Put your impressive machine operating skills into action working amongst the best in the mighty Horowhenua Region! Great team culture where you count!
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Operator/Labourer

Horowhenua
Join a supportive team who treats everyone like Whanau. Where you are supported to grow and succeed. Competitive hourly rate and benefits!
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Supervisor - Surfacing

Horowhenua
It's a New Year and now's a great time to be joining our Levin team with a busy forward workplan and some fantastic projects to get involved in.
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Excavator/Dozer Operator- Manawatu Gorge

Palmerston North
Manawatu Gorge
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Asphalt Plant Operator

Palmerston North
We have an exciting opportunity for an Asphalt Plant Operator to join our team based in Manawatu.
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Asphalt Skid Steer Operator

Palmerston North
We are looking for an experience Skid Steer Operator to join our Paving crew in Palmerston North.
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Construction Foreman

Palmerston North
We need an experienced Civil Construction Foreman to join our team in Palmerston North.
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Roading Maintenance Foreman

Palmerston North
We are looking for a Planned Foreman with experience within stabilising to join our team in Palmerston North.
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Class 4 Driver with W,T,R

Palmerston North
Class 4 Driver to operate a water cart, tip truck and digger - $35 per hour. ZERO TOLERANCE FOR DRUGS. Start immediately.
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Builder / Installer / Rigger

Manawatu
SmartShelters is looking for an installer to install steel framed, fabric clad curved roof shelter structures, based in Manawatu or Wanganui.
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Storeman - Whanganui

Whanganui
We are looking for a Store/Yard Person. This has potential to turn into a full time position for the right person.
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Renewals Manager

Manawatu
Develop detailed Forward Works Programmes including some design aspects and setting and reporting on contract QA measuring and compliance.
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START PLANNING YOUR FUTURE

You get more bang for your buck here. With shorter commutes and less time sitting in traffic, you can enjoy an easy-going lifestyle and more time to spend with your friends and family. So whether you like to be up early for F-45 training or prefer to roll out of bed at the last minute, you'll still get where you want to be on time. 
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CAREERS IN CONSTRUCTION AND INFRASTRUCTURE HERE >

PACK $5,000 INTO YOUR MOVING BUDGET

If you're moving to Manawatū for a fresh career and our laidback lifestyle, you could pack $5,000 into your moving budget with our welcome to the region prize pack. New job, new region, happy wallet, no worries.

We're stoked that you're planning to move to Manawatū, and we want to know all about you. So if you're going to put your best foot forward to be the lucky person selected for this prize, send us a photo or video and tell us your story. Then, don't forget to fill in the form, takes less than 5 minutes for the chance to WIN $5,000 worth of relocation costs!
This competiton has now closed.

FAST TRACK YOUR JOB HUNT

You're serious about getting a shiny new job in Manawatū. Talk to a real human to help you find the right opportunity for you. They'll help you start to build connections, and like a job matchmaker, they'll help you find a position where you might meet your best workmate ever.  Nailed, in no time.
The Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) has partnered with AWF to support those looking for work in the infrastructure and construction sector as part of our Talent Attraction Marketing Campaign. AWF are also able to support partners and whānau members who will also be seeking career opportunities in the Manawatū.
AWF will ensure that all applicants and their families who register interest in relocating to Manawatū experience the best possible engagement from employers. Why not contact them today and discuss the career opportunities in the infrastructure and construction sector and beyond. With unemployment at an all time low here in the Manawatū your time is here to become part of our community.
Let us help you find the right opportunity today! Apply below:
FAST TRACK YOUR JOB HUNT

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    We're a friendly bunch. So get in touch for help planning your next steps towards a rewarding career.
    Drop us a line, we’re happy to answer any questions and provide support where we can.

    T: +64 6 355 8080
    E: [email protected]
    W: www.awf.co.nz
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