Ice-breaker event for jobseekers

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The number of work-ready jobseekers in Mid Canterbury jumped from 334 in February to 540 in September, but a job event next week might help some find employment.

People who have lost their jobs or had hours reduced as a result of covid are being encouraged to come along to an employment exchange organised by the Ashburton District Council. People looking for work and employers looking for workers will be able to connect.

The employment exchange will be held at the Ashburton Club and MSA on November 4, from 9am to 12pm.

Council ran a similar exchange a year ago and ended up employing four people who came along looking for jobs. Other employers also found workers as a result of the event.

There will be advice about how to change job paths and retrain, as well as inspiration and plenty of motivation. A panel of local employers will also speak about what they look for when they receive job applications.

The panel includes Mercedes Walkham from Anzco, Jane Jolly from ACL, farmer Chris Ford, Nikita Moore from Cleavers Corner and McIntosh Group owner Alistair McIntosh.

Employers who come along will also be able to hear about support and advice to help navigate the post-covid world, and about funds to give jobseekers and apprentices a go.

Mayor Neil Brown will speak about his experience with the Limited Service Volunteer programme. The free six-week motivational training course is run by the Defence Force and aims to help young people entering employment by improving their self-discipline, self-confidence, motivation and initiative.

Council community services manager Steve Fabish said there would be many practical takeaways from the exchange.

“Last year’s event was a tremendous success because it wasn’t just another employment expo. The exchange gives real world advice that’s catered to Mid Canterbury’s unique employment environment.

“You’ll be able to meet the very people who want to work in your organisation or conversely, who are looking for job candidates with your attitude or skill set.”

Register for the event at www.ashburtondc.govt.nz/aee.