With the support of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment the Invercargill i-SITE is set to provide the ideal location from which to entice visitors to relocate to Southland.
It is estimated that 95% of migrants that move to Southland have been visitors to the region first, with visitors often using the i-SITE network during their travels to look for information and advice. As a result of this information the Invercargill i-SITE is partnering with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to run a pilot programme that will entice visitors to relocate to the Southland region. The pilot programme compliments Southland's goal of attracting 10,000 more people by the year 2025 and strongly supports the development of the labour market.
The ministry is providing support to implement the programme which will involve the i-SITE displaying information about careers or jobs that are in demand in Southland. At any one time there are a number of good job opportunities available throughout the region. The pilot will connect potential migrants to a person from the specific vocations to learn about the job, the region and the lifestyle it offers. An online jobs portal will also be available at the i-SITE for visitors to browse all the latest listings in Southland.
If the model proves successful, MBIE will look to roll it out to other regions in the country that are also struggling to attract workers.
The Online Jobs Portal
A centralised online jobs portal is available through Southlandnz.com. The portal displays newly listed jobs from TradeMe, and provides quick links to other job websites such as SEEK and Farm Source.
The jobs portal has been developed as part of the i-SITE initiative and will provide a sound basis for all attraction and promotion initiatives including skills placement. By maximising the information available for prospective job seekers and providing regional employers with another valuable gateway to promote their roles Southland's workforce will be encouraged to grow..