Online job fair for summer


AN inaugural initiative is helping to connect Southland youth seeking jobs with business owners trying to get them filled.

More than 250 summer jobs at more than 20 workplaces throughout Southland will be offer at the inaugural Southland Summer of Work.

The event is an online job fair to connect Southland students looking for summer work with the employers who have jobs available during the summer holidays.

Great South Southland Youth Futures team manager Renata Gill said the event was a good way to lessen the burden for business owners trying to find staff for summer.

“Businesses are already impacted by the stress of Covid lockdowns and have no ability to fill roles with visitors on working holiday visas,” Mrs Gill said.

It was not always easy for students to approach employers and often when they did, employers wanted someone with prior experience.

“The beauty of these jobs is that no experience is required.

“There’s real variety in the work available too, with everything from a range of tourism and hospitality roles including at a jet-boat company, to blueberry picking to tractor driving to wrapping Christmas presents.”

The event was originally intended to be held in person but due to Covid-19 alert level restrictions that was not possible.

Students will be able to view video clips of employers talking about the kinds of work they have available and from that decide who they would like to meet to learn more from.

They will then be set up with meetings online which may either be one-on-one or a group information session.

The event was open either to school pupils or Southland tertiary students returning to Southland for the holidays.

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