Following the success of SpeedMeet events in Upper Hutt and Christchurch, now it’s Auckland’s turn, with events scheduled for Freemans Bay and Mangere next week.

SpeedMeet matches young people with local employers for mini-interviews that can help form future careers. It gives secondary school students the chance to meet potential employers and find out how to get a job and get qualified.

Industry Training Federation (ITF) chief executive Josh Williams says it is a fantastic opportunity for both young people and employers.

“SpeedMeet brings our campaign Got a Trade? Got it Made! to life, creating real connections that can make a difference for young people at this critical time in life.” Local colleges will bring along students interested in meeting employers and finding out about tertiary qualifications through the trades and services career pathway of industry training.

“We’re delighted with the enthusiasm for Got a Trade SpeedMeet, from both employers and schools,” says Williams.

148,000 apprentices and industry trainees work every day in over 140 trades and services.

“We want young people to know about the massive range of job opportunities that offer the chance to undertake tertiary qualifications while earning and developing a career. Apprentices and industry trainees get paid, get qualified, and launch successful careers without racking up a student loan.”

“While three out of ten school leavers go to university, ten out of ten will need jobs,” says Williams. “The number of apprentices and industry trainees now exceeds the number of university students, and this growth is set to continue.”

But New Zealand is crying out for more apprentices and industry trainees.

“There are skills shortages in industries such as building and construction, manufacturing, infrastructure, automotive, retail, aged care, community support, electro-technology, the list goes on,” says Williams.    “Employing young people in growing industries is a win-win. Training on-the-job develops the right skills at the right time, and individual growth translates into the kind of regional and economic growth the country needs.”

SpeedMeets are being held in:

  • Auckland – 31stOctober, Freemans Bay Community Centre
  • South Auckland  – 1st November, Mangere War Memorial Hall


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