Emerging Careers

Whether it’s your first time into the workforce, or you’re changing careers, we’ll support you to grow and develop. 


Our Summer Internship Programme is about giving people the best possible start to their career through an immersive, 12-week, paid placement. We provide you with renowned learning and development, mentorship, and the opportunity to tackle real world business problems that help us achieve our aspiration.

We take on between 15-30 future leaders onto our programme in a variety of roles across our support centre and supply chain. Whether you’re studying or looking to take that first step in your career, our internship programme is an awesome place to start.



  • Application and onboarding steps
    We open applications in July with a digital application form, followed by a video interview and then a face-to-face interview. We aim to send out all offers by early September.

    Once you sign your contract, you’ll start in November that year. Between signing your contract and your start-date, we have a number of touchpoints including digital onboarding to prepare you for day one, an icebreaker event so you can meet your fellow interns and a warm welcome from your people leader so you feel part of the Foodies whānau.
  • Tips for your application
    We match you to the roles we have available that year based on your study area and interests. Make sure it’s clear in your application what your interests are and your strengths. Key skills we look for are communication, problem solving, a curiosity to learn, resilience and critical thinking.

    The video interview is a chance to bring your application to life and for us to get to know you. Try to stay calm and talk like you would to a friend or potential future colleague. Check your internet connection, the lighting and what’s in the background so we can easily focus on you.
  • Permanent and graduate positions
    Our internship programme is a great stepping stone into a permanent position. If you’re nearing the end of your studies, we love to hire our interns after the internship programme where possible.

Apprenticeships and on-the-job learning

Bakery and Butchery Apprenticeships

We’ll help you gain the necessary skills and knowledge to create a lifelong and fulfilling career in Butchery or Bakery.

  • Earn your qualification over three years while getting paid in a full time work
  • Receive support by a Training Manager, Bakery/Butchery Manager and Store Owner throughout your three years and beyond
  • Gain access to career growth and advancement opportunities. You could go from being an apprentice, to a qualified Baker/Butcher, to a Bakery/Butchery Manager.
  • The apprenticeships are nationally recognised and could take you all over New Zealand.

Reach out to your local New World or PAK’nSAVE Store to indicate your interest in becoming a Baker or Butcher.

Retail programmes

Get set up for a career in the exciting world of grocery retail.

  • Retail Savvy Award
    Learn the basics of great retailing with this NZQA training. This on-job course covers some of the fundamental skills needed to help you thrive in the fast-paced retail environment. Designed for school leavers or those new to the industry.
  • NZ Certificate in Retail Level 3
    Aimed at our new and emerging talent, this 12-month programme allows you to work and gain an NZQA approved qualification at the same time. Through a retail lens, you'll explore and apply topics such as; Safety & Wellbeing, Workplace Relations and Retail Skills & Knowledge.
  • Future Foodies Gateway Programme
    For secondary students looking to transition into the workforce and gain some valuable experience in butchery, bakery or grocery (retail) while earning NCEA credits.
We celebrate all of our Foodies Learning graduates along with their family and friends at our annual Graduation & Excellence Awards. Learn more about our full suite of learning and development opportunities here.

Girls Who Own

Girls Who Own is a 5-day hands-on leadership development programme for young women aged 16-20 who aspire to own their own business or become a retail leader. We recognise that there’s an underrepresentation of women in senior leadership and this is our way supporting a shift so that our leaders authentically reflect the communities we serve.

Over five days in July each year, participants will

  • Be inspired about the endless career opportunities in grocery retail and hear real stories from trailblazing female Owner Operators
  • Be empowered to make more informed career decisions by seeing behind the scenes of how a business runs, gaining practical exposure to retail leadership, and having one-on-one mentoring.
  • Be equipped with entrepreneurial skills for the future, confidence, and new-found friends and professional connections that will last a lifetime.