For the third year in a row, the Southland Pop Up Job Shop has been deemed a success.

Southland Pop Up Job Shop

Held between April 30 and May 4 in Gore and Invercargill, this year the shop welcomed approximately 680 jobseekers through its doors and Southland Pop Up Job Shop co-coordinator Allison Beckham said the response from those who attended had been extremely positive.

“People were amazed at the number of opportunities available and really made the most of the seminars on offer and speaking with the right people about gaining employment in Southland,” she said.

Along with viewing vacancies available across the region, the shop hosted 14 seminars with workshops on CV writing, interview preparation and tips for surviving your first job.

Beckham said the shop proved that although a lot of information is readily available online, it is the personal contact and face-to-face advice that people are wanting during their employment search.

“At the shop, we were able to get to know the people who attended, learn more about why they were seeking employment and then try and connect them with the advice, employment opportunities or skills needed to succeed,” she said.

During the course of the five days that the shop was open, approximately 575 jobs were advertised.

Beckham said this was a few less than last year but contributed the slight decrease to the time of year.

“Last year the shop was held in April which traditionally is a time for dairy farmers to be advertising vacancies which are generally able to be filled by May,”

Regardless of the timing, Beckham said the shop had been extremely successful with job seekers of all ages and with widely varying needs benefiting from the Southland-born initiative.

The information collated from those who attended was still being analysed and once complete would provide direction for future labour market initiatives and events in the region.

“While we are still looking at trends from this year’s shop, we are confident that because of the success of the event Venture Southland will be organising another Pop Up Job Shop next year,” she said.

The shop was delivered by Venture Southland as part of the organisation’s coordinated response to addressing Southland’s projected workforce shortage with support from many different agencies and organisations including Gore District Council, Front-line Training Consultancy, Southern Directionz, Ministry of Social Development, Workbridge, recruitment agencies, ITOs and several employers.