Join your co-designers, fellow leaders and let’s all celebrate successes.

We’re back with the conference that pulls together thought provokers, sector experts and passionate leaders. The Careerforce Workforce Development Conference 2017 is now open for registrations.


7-8 August, Te Papa, Wellington

The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Co-design | Leadership | Success’. We’ll be addressing the opportunities for co-design that exist within and between sectors. We’ll highlight successes that have occurred as a result of co-design and collaboration and look at leaders in co-design and leaders of tomorrow.

Registrations are now open
Registrations close 31 July 2017

Celebrate the first cohort of graduates of the New Zealand Apprenticeship in Health and Wellbeing

They stepped up to the challenge, changed misconceptions about apprentices and managed to come out victorious. Let’s come together to celebrate the success of the first graduates of the apprenticeship programme in our sectors.

Book your seat for the Conference Dinner on 7 August 2017 to be part of the Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony. Meet the apprentices and learn about their journey on 8 August 2017.

Recognise outstanding apprentices, trainees and training employers of the year

We are pleased to launch the Careerforce Training Excellence Awards. The Careerforce Training Excellence Awards recognises employees and employers who are committed to training, workforce development and in making a difference in the lives of New Zealanders. These are the first awards of their kind for the health, wellbeing, social and community, cleaning and pest management services.

Nominate your organisation, trainees and apprentices in the following categories:

  • Apprentice of the Year
  • Trainee of the Year
  • Māori Trainee of the Year
  • Pasifika Trainee of the Year
  • Workforce Development Employer of the Year

Applications are open from now until 30 June. Finalists will be announced in mid-July and the winners will be announced at the Conference Dinner on 7 August.

 For queries about the awards, email

Read more about the awards.

Contact Us

For more information about the Careerforce Workforce Development Conference 2017, contact our PCO.

Contact: Sandra Julian, Event Director
Phone: 04 910 5473

Testimonials from past conference delegates

“Both days were very informative, well organised with a high calibre of speakers that made the content focused and interesting”

Gerrie Poelsma
Nelson Marlborough District Health Board


“Great networking opportunity and valuable information regarding the future directions and challenges for the industry”

Deborah Marshall
Marshall Systems Ltd


“I think the international speakers we’ve heard today and yesterday were incredible to hear just what’s happening both in the UK and Australia. It gives us a broader understanding of what’s happening internationally and guides us in how we might move forward with the New Zealand directives.”

Carol Donaldson
Helen Anderson Trust