The New Zealand Careers Expo, which is sponsored by YUDU, is matching thousands of potential jobseekers with their future employers or tertiary educators.
The three-day expo, now in its 28th year, has displays from more than 90 tertiary training organisations, employers and industry sectors. Many of the stands are interactive, to give young people a hands-on experience.
“A big part of the expo is about thinking ahead 3-5 years and more. It’s about training and making sure that what we’re doing now is going to match the requirements of the workforce in five years,” says Careers Expo director Mark Gillard.
“That’s why a lot of employers, industry organisations engage now with young people because while they’re not necessarily employable this year, in 3-5 years they will be.”
Gillard says the expo is targeted at 15- to 18-year-olds who will be moving into the workforce or into study in the next few years. About 160,000 secondary school students every year are making decisions about their next steps and Gillard says it is important employers get in front of them to make sure industries have a pipeline of skilled labour coming through.
Last night and tomorrow’s sessions are also open to families and the general public who may want to change jobs, upskill or gain professional development.
“There’s a high range of career pathways that people may not even have thought of,” says Gillard. “It’s about being exposed to the width and breadth of opportunity but then going one step deeper and talking face-to-face with people on the ground.”
This year the Expo has teamed with Auckland Tourism’s Events and Economic Development (Ateed) ‘Go Tourism’ initiative that aims to encourage jobseekers into tourism. Ateed general manager Steve Armitage said at last month’s launch that getting young people into the industry was vital for Auckland’s future.
“The industry is facing growing skills shortages to support the record numbers of visitors coming here, yet there is a strong pool of young people across the country – one in every eight – who are not working or in study,” Armitage said.
- The first New Zealand Careers Expo was held in Christchurch 9-11 May, followed by Auckland 23-25 May. The next expos are in Hamilton 9-10 June and Wellington 21-22 June, 10am-3pm. Entry is free.