Pop Up Job Shop to offer plenty of opportunities

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Dunedin people looking for work, keen to upskill, or wanting a change will find plenty of opportunities at the Ministry of Social Development Pop Up Job Shop.

The free, public expo-style event, which involves employers, career practitioners and training providers, will be held next Thursday, November 14, from 3pm to 7pm in the Fullwood Room at the Dunedin Centre.

MSD regional labour market manager Emma Hamilton said the Pop Up Job Shop was well supported by employers, who found it a useful means of connecting with job seekers.

“We get a broad range of people coming in to the expo, including school pupils, people who are looking for new work opportunities, who want to upskill, or who just want a change,” Ms Hamilton said.

Some of the employers attending were actively recruiting new staff, including Silver Fern Farms, Port Otago, Compass Group and Fulton Hogan, she said.

Training providers would also be on hand with advice on skills, and there would be a focus on career support and a CV clinic – to provide help for people looking to spruce up their CVs.

There would also be 20-minute workshops on successful job interviews, entrepreneurship and more.

“MSD will also have a mega jobs board, showing all the jobs available in Otago,” Ms Hamilton said.

The highest numbers of vacancies existed in construction and related trades, hospitality, tourism, administration, aged care and transport.

The MSD would also be promoting its Mana in Mahi programme, which aimed to help young people into trades training and vocational training.

And it would highlight its Limited Services Volunteers programme, in which young people spend six weeks at Burnham camp learning fitness and life skills.

Ms Hamilton said the employers and training providers were giving up their time to help the community through the Pop Up Job Shop, so she was hoping for a good turnout.

“If they are well supported, we will continue to run them in the future,” she said.