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We’re looking for employers with full- or part-time job vacancies, apprenticeships and work experience opportunities suitable for young people.

The Job Shop

30 September 2017

Activate Tairawhiti is organising an innovative recruitment event that will allow local employers to tap into a pool of young job seekers.

#thejobshop is a ground-breaking initiative that brings employers and job seekers together using two platforms - a one-off event supported by an online job search portal. Organisers hope to attract 25 employers and 300 youth, and aim to fill at least 30 of an anticipated 70 vacancies at the October event. It’s a proven concept that has been run in Auckland and Wellington with great success. Gisborne will be just the third region in the country to run the programme.

Activate Tairawhiti’s economic development project manager, Kim Holland says youth-friendly employers and young job seekers should be equally excited.

“We’re looking for employers with full- or part-time job vacancies, apprenticeships and work experience opportunities suitable for young people. We will promote those opportunities on our purpose-built online portal. Employers will also promote them at the #thejobshop event and be geared up to conduct interviews,” she says.

In the meantime, organisers will work with young job seekers to prepare them to get the job they want. In a two-week lead-in, youth will be given access to a range of Be Ready Workshops and online tools designed to improve their presentation and interview skills, refine their CVs and improve their understanding of what employers are looking for in young staff.

Youth engagement critical

Ms Holland says engaging the local workforce is critical, with job opportunities expected to increase significantly in sectors such as horticulture, forestry and wood processing, manufacturing, transport and tourism.

Both the Tairāwhiti Economic Action Plan and the Tairāwhiti Youth Employment Strategy have identified the need for the region to better link employers and industry with their potential labour force.

“Our people, and particularly our young people, need to be the first to benefit from economic growth and job creation. But there are issues.”

“On the one hand, we have employers who need skills and labour and say it’s hard to find the ‘right’ people. On the other, we have a relatively young population who need employers to give them a foot up onto the employment ladder.

“#thejobshop will connect employers with great quality candidates. And, even if they don’t come out of this particular process with a job, we will have a pool of young people ready for the next opportunity. It’s great for the employer and it’s great for our youth,” she says.

Strategic alignment

#thejobshop forms part of Activate Tairawhiti’s wider brief to improve youth employability. According to the Ministry of Social Development, of the 1771 people on the Job Seeker benefit in the region, 21% are aged between 18-24. But, work-readiness and a lack of ‘soft skills’ remain problematic for this demographic. This event is run in parallel with Licence to Work, a national programme Activate also facilitates, which provides young people with the skills they need to get a job, with training, work experience and volunteering.
#thejobshop is supported by the Todd Foundation, ECT and other local providers, and is free for all involved. It is scheduled for October 26 at the Farmers Air Showgrounds Event Centre.


Employers and job seekers are encouraged to register on the Tairawhiti Youth website.


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