A one-stop shop to connect Southland job-seekers with employment opportunities and advice is set to open at the end of this month.

Now in its third year, the Southland Pop Up Job will be held between the 30 April and the 4 May 2019 at locations in Gore and Invercargill.

Job-seekers at the 2018 Southland Pop Up Job Shop

The shop is being coordinated by Venture Southland with assistance from Gore District Council and will provide a friendly and relaxed environment for job-seekers to view vacancies, gain information and employment advice, and speak with some local employers.

Venture Southland Business Services Manager Alistair Adam said the shop is part of a coordinated response to addressing Southland’s projected workforce shortage and is free for all to attend.

Careerforce, Front-Line Training Consultancy Limited and Southern Directionz are some of the agencies who have confirmed their attendance and will speak with people about pathways to employment.

“It’s a space where people can see the opportunities available and talk with the right people about taking advantage of them,” Adam said.

Along with hearing from employers, attendees will also have the opportunity to attend seminars, including workshops on CV writing and interview preparation.

“We’re focused on developing the future of our region’s workforce and that means partnering with other agencies to make sure job-seekers are work-ready,” Adam said.

Last year 724 vacancies were advertised at shops held across the region and Adam was confident there would be a similar number again this year.

“With support on hand, current vacancies to consider and access to employment advice, this is a one-stop shop designed to help people gain employment in Southland,” he said.

The shop will first open in Gore on Tuesday 30 March in the Foyer of the St James Theatre, and will then be held in Invercargill from Wednesday 1 to Saturday 4 May at 66 Don Street, opposite SBS bank.

Local employers are encouraged to share their vacancies with Venture Southland so they can be displayed at the shops free of charge.

Adam encouraged both job-seekers and employers to make the most of this opportunity.

“Whether you’re currently unemployed, interested in a change of career, or looking for employment advice and resources – then this is for you,”

For more information on the Southland Pop Up Jop initiative please contact