The Southland-born initiative to connect those in the region with employment opportunities.

The Southland Pop Up Job Shop was a community initiative of Venture Southland (lead partner), Southern Directionz Career Consultants and the Southland Chamber of Commerce and was first held September 2017.

The initiative is part of Venture Southland’s co-ordinated response to Southland’s people shortage and aligns with the Southland Regional Development Strategy goal of attracting 10,000 more people to the region by 2025

The job shop provides a place where people can go for advice and find employment opportunities in the region. The shop focuses on permanent full and part-time jobs and provides an excellent opportunity for those starting out in the workforce, unemployed or looking for a change in career

The shop provides a relaxed and friendly environment in which connections can be made between employers and potential employees. Local employees are also given the opportunity to display their current vacancies free of charge. 

The initiative is supported by the Southland Chamber of Commerce and Southern Directionz who are their daily to provide assistance with creating effective CV’s and lasting impressions in job interviews

The 2017 job shop provided the ideal location to launch the online jobs portal on which is now a permanent feature of the website. As part of the i-SITE pilot with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) the jobs portal is displayed at the Invercargill i-SITE to further entice visitors to relocate to the Southland region. 

2018 Southland Pop Up job Shop 

Returning for its second year, the Southland Pop Up Job Shop is expanding across the region with pop up shops to open across Southland in April 2018.

Following the success of the first pop up job shop in 2017 in which 520 people visited the Invercargill shop, the initiative will also be held in Gore and Te Anau.. 

Te Anau had been chosen to host the shop for a day due to the nature of seasonal work in the area.

The shop would provide help for locals trying to find employment opportunities following the peak tourism season coming to a close.

Gore had been chosen to host the shop for a day due to fluctuations in jobs available in the rural sector, especially between dairy seasons. 

By expanding the locations of Pop Up Job Shops, Venture Southland is able to promote the exent of employment opportunities across the region.