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COVID-19 and industries with jobs

COVID-19 and industries with jobs

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Plans for recovery and what industries offer jobs.

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing economic disruption worldwide.

Many New Zealanders have lost jobs, especially in hospitality, tourism and retail.

This article lists industries that might have jobs, and initiatives to help people find jobs.

Note that as the current economic situation is changing daily, our information is also subject to change.

Industries with jobs

Infometrics report that some industries, such as science and information technology, public administration and safety, administration and support expect job growth of 6% by 2025. Construction and some manufacturing will have 3-4% more people by 2025.

Education and training, food and fibre will grow.

There will be some recovery in retail, tourism and hospitality, according to Infometrics, but these industries won’t employ as many people as before the COVID-19 pandemic by 2025.


While demand for pilots and aviation engineers is low, job opportunities have been made for them in industries such as engineering and public transport. Rocket Lab has recently opened an apprenticeship in aerospace engineering for aviation engineers.

Construction and infrastructure

The Government may fast-track resource consents for infrastructure projects. That means we’ll see new jobs in areas such as roading, walking and cycling, rail, housing, sediment removal from silted rivers and estuaries, wetland construction, flood management and landfill erosion prevention.

However, residential construction is predicted to decrease by 20%. The Government’s plans to build 8,000 more state homes may help to offset this.

Community health and contact centres

Affected workers with customer service experience will have the opportunity to train for a new career in growth industries such as community health and contact centres. Health care assistants are particularly in demand.

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) are working in partnership with these industries to offer free on-the-job training and online courses with NZQA unit standards.


There was funding of over $1 billion in Budget 2020 to create 11,000 new environmental jobs in the regions. The Department of Conservation (DoC), in partnership with councils, iwi and community organisations, is identifying conservation and biodiversity projects needing workers across the country.

Some forestry workers have already found new work in bush track maintenance, tree planting, and pest and weed control.

People working in new conservation roles can develop skills on the job and gain relevant conservation qualifications online.

Food and fibre

The food and fibre industry already has demand for seasonal and long-term roles. The industry has targeted those people formerly working in hospitality, aviation and tourism to help fill role gaps. Kiwifruit pickers, dairy and beef workers, beekeepers and vineyard pruners are particularly in demand.

Part of Budget 2020’s investment in jobs and training will involve rapidly retraining about 10,000 hospitality and aviation industry workers for food and fibre industry jobs.

With restrictions on migrant workers entering New Zealand and many of those already here expected to leave the country, there are lots of vacancies for immediate-start seasonal workers in crop farm and dairy farm work − a first step to more skilled roles.

The Government has released funding to the agritech industry, which should increase job opportunities for agricultural engineers, biotechnologists and agricultural and horticultural scientists.


Before the COVID-19 pandemic there was a shortage of forestry workers.

The industry saw some job losses over lockdown, but it’s expected that many workers will return to work at Alert Level 1.


The demand for health professionals continues to be high. In particular, health care assistants, mental health workers, psychologists and other medical specialists are needed urgently.


There is still a shortage of early childhood, primary and secondary teachers, especially in Auckland.


Opportunities in foreign tourism will remain severely limited without international visitors, with an estimated fall of 91%. However, some tourism businesses may benefit if a travel bubble is set up with other countries with similar COVID-19 rates.

A surge in post-COVID-19 domestic holidays is expected, but travel is likely to be on a budget and overall domestic tourism is set to fall by 21%.

Tertiary education

A sharp fall in employment opportunities usually leads to more people, particularly young people, going into tertiary training or extending their studies. It’s predicted that course or apprenticeship enrolment will increase by 8% in 2020.

The Government’s free targeted vocational and tertiary education and training for all New Zealanders over the next two years could see an increase in learners. This may open up opportunities for course tutors and administration staff.


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Updated 24 Jul 2020

UC Summer School – professional development options for teachers

This year, UC has more undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses in a range of subjects for you to choose from over summer, including 28 courses you can complete by distance and 87 on campus courses.

Postgraduate courses include:

  • Understanding Emotions in Education, Leadership and Health
  • Learning and Teaching Languages
  • English Structures
  • Models of Practice in Child and Family Psychology

See courses starting in November 2020>

See courses starting in January 2021>

Fancy a Gap Year as a School Assistant in an Australian school?

2020 has been a year like no other, but with the recent announcement from the Australian Prime Minister to welcome New Zealanders to Australia, means that Gap Year plans for 2021 remain achievable for school-leavers.
I write to you regarding opportunities for your graduating students to secure full-time employment in Australia. We have received an overwhelming amount of requests from our Australian host schools for participants to commence placements as boarding house assistants, as soon as January. We ask that you share these opportunities with your students, so they may make plans for January 2021, which for many may be unclear. 
Working in a school environment is just one example of a Gap Year experience and one that we support with great enthusiasm. We receive encouraging feedback from Gap Assistants about how working in secure and established employment for a year while having the flexibility to travel (hello school holidays!) has prepared them for life at university and beyond. Their life-long connections and social skills made abroad are invaluable for future work-related experiences.
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Applications can be lodged online by visiting
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We anticipate January 2021 placements to be quickly finalised shortly after application submission and an over the phone interview held by myself.
2022 Placement Confirmations:        
For a January 2022 commencement, we anticipate placements to finalised by mid-July 2021. Applications are now open. 
My Contact Details:       
• Telephone on 0211946466
Together we can continue to support and encourage students to live well-educated and rewarding lives through travel.
Yours sincerely,

Lorna MurrellCountry Manager – New Zealand

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Top Ranked Medical Schools in 2020

The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020 features 600 of the top higher education institutions to study medicine.

The QS University Rankings by Subject are based on four indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, research citations per paper and the H-index (a way of measuring the productivity and published work of a scientist or scholar). You can find more details about the methodology behind the subject rankings here.

Read on to learn more about the best medical schools in each region. Alternatively, if you would like to explore the medical schools in further detail, click here to view the full table.

Top universities for medicine in Australia and New Zealand

In Australia, there are 22 universities, five of which are in the top 50; including the University of Melbourne (joint 16th), the University of Sydney (18th), Monash University (joint 31st), the University of New South Wales (UNSW, rising five places to 46th) and the University of Queensland (UQ, joint 48th).

New Zealand has two entries in the rankings this year, with the University of Auckland climbing from 101-150th to 51-100th place.

Read the full article on QS Top Universities website here.

Lincoln students win International Food Marketing Challenge

Lincoln University students who have just won first place in the 2020 International Food Marketing Challenge, run by The Food Distribution Research Society, Inc.
Teams from around the world competed in the virtual competition, with our winning group developing a strategy and implementation plan for a Florida-based fruit and vegetable distributor that had been affected by Covid-19 lockdowns.
The team (which included Lincoln Roper, Grace Moscrip, Emma Ritchie and Grace Mainwaring) made the bold recommendation to divest from food service channels and implement a digital information system to build better supply.

They were coached by Lincoln alum Emma Boase, who has a Bachelor of Agribusiness and Food Marketing and now works for Horticulture NZ and New Zealand Apples & Pears

See our website for more info on our agribusiness and food marketing degree

Study Agriculture, Horticulture and Viticulture at Lincoln

As New Zealand’s leading agricultural university, we have a long history of supporting the land-based industries
to increase their productivity and sustainability. This trend is set to continue, with a 70 percent increase in global food production required by 2050 to feed an additional three billion people worldwide.

The Agriculture, Horticulture & Viticulture specialisation is designed to help you play a part in meeting the major demand for university graduates in some of the world’s most enduring professions.

This booklet outlines the qualifications within the specialisation and explores potential career outcomes, as well as providing valuable information on how to get where you want to be.

Download a copy here: LU Agriculture, Horticulture and Viticulture Booklet

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Thinking about university?

A guide for New Zealand students, parents and whānau

University is a chance for you to:
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…through internships and work placements with employers and industry



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…specialist knowledge, critical thinking, research and analytical skills; communication, interpersonal and information technology skills.


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…cultural understanding, global awareness and community involvement

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…student life – student groups, clubs, activities

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…study abroad and international student exchange programmes

If you’re thinking about uni in 2021, check out new UE requirements…

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