SpeedMeet secures employment speed-dating style
Auckland Got a Trade SpeedMeet took place at the end of October 2016 in South Auckland.
The SpeedMeet concept involves employers, jobseekers and secondary school students coming together speed-dating style, via short six minute mini-interviews. At the end of each meeting employer and student decide whether they wanted to find out more and mutual matches are formed. From there job opportunities may be secured.
SpeedMeet was developed by the industry training organisations that form the Got a Trade? Got it Made! collaboration which aims to raise awareness of careers in the trades and services industries to 16-24 year olds, their parents and school career advisors.
With there being a shortage of employees in a wide range of trades and services industries, especially in Auckland, the SpeedMeet concept was formed to facilitate young people meeting directly with employers looking for new apprentices.
“We’re delighted with how today has gone. We had more secondary school students attend than we expected – a great sign that our message of how rewarding a career in the trades can be is getting through.” said SpeedMeet organiser Rachael Dippie from MITO. “Over the day we had a total of 300 speedmeet sessions and over 140 matches were formed.”
Hirepool came away with thirteen matches and after further interviews have already made job offers to several students.
Employer Kim Milne, general manager of human resources for AB Equipment and NZ Trucks, said “half of the students were just looking at what’s available, others had already made up their mind.” Kim was looking for a new heavy machinery technician and brought along current apprentice Jaydon Beguely. Nineteen year old Jaydon left school at the beginning of year 13 to work for AB Equipment. “This was a good option to get a trade, have no student loan, and get paid”. AB Equipment came away with a number of matches that are now being followed up.
Otahuhu College year 13 student Elias Fonoti plans to get a construction apprenticeship. After school he says he is interested in labour work with Fulton Hogan and “wouldn’t mind doing hard work and staying fit”.
Bombay Petfood personnel co-ordinator Stacey Wyatt says he came looking for a freezer storeman, butchers and machine operators. He says the students he met were “driven, and if we can grab a hold of one or two of them, why not?”
Got a Trade? Got it Made! sincerely thanks ATEED (Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development) who kindly supported Auckland Got a Trade Speedmeet and MIT who generously provided the venue.
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