Graduate Entry Programme

Want to Study, Fee Free?

The intent of the Programme is to assist applicants with their tertiary studies and future employment and to ensure we have a succession programme in place.

Successful applicants on the programme will receive a sum of money to be used in the undertaking of tertiary study.  So study without fees.

Across New Zealand there are thousands of people working with in local government to ensure that their communities are the best they can possibly be. From your local librarians, building inspectors and swimming pool lifeguards to the chief executive, they are all focused on making sure their area is a great place to live, play and visit.

So the graduate entry programme can see you working for our Council in the future in some of these exciting roles.

What we can offer you?

Money - We will pay your course fees up to $5000 per year for a maximum of four years. 

Paid Holiday Work - No more worries about finding holiday work, we will pay you to do work that is relevant to your course of study and at competitive rates. 

Mentoring - You will team up with a council staff member who will establish your holiday work programmes and provide ongoing mentoring. 

Assignment and Project Work - You will have an organisation on which to base your practical assignments and project components of your course.

Guaranteed Job - After graduation you will start immediately in full time, paid employment with an organisation you already have an existing relationship with.

Working within the local government sector, you help to build the community, make sure it runs smoothly while meeting the expectations of people living there. The career opportunities available within local government are vast and diverse – from animal control officers to water specialists and building inspectors through to transport planners and a range of other roles.

78 councils across the country support and facilitate the growth and development of communities. There are opportunities galore within the sector. 

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