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 held from 4 -9 September 2017. The initiative strongly supported the the Southland Regional Development Strategy goal of attracting an additional 10,000 people to the region by 2025 and helped to outline the large number of job vacancies in the region.
The job shop provided a place where people could go for assistance and advice on careers, curriculum vitae’s, and to apply for actual job vacancies. The focus was on permanent full and part-time jobs rather than contract or seasonal employment, with the job applications completed through employers’ and recruitment agency websites.
During the week there were 455 vacancies advertised across a wide variety of industry sectors and for all skill levels. The job shop had 520 people visit during the course of the week with many gaining valuable information to assist their job search.
The initiative also encouraged employers to consider job opportunities.
The job shop provided the ideal location to launch the online jobs portal on Southlandnz.com 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) this jobs portal will also be displayed at the Invercargill i-SITE to further entice visitors to relocate to the Southland region.
Initial reports of the job shop have clearly shown it to be a success, however post-analysis and monitoring is set to take place to see how many jobs are filled and where the successful applicants are from.