Central Otago careers event a success
Two busloads of Central Otago youth had their eyes opened to a wide range of career opportunities on a careers field trip this week.
A Central Otago Career Opportunities Day that took place on Wednesday 17 March in Alexandra attracted 85 youth from across the district to connect with more than 30 different local employers. The event was funded by the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs.
The aim of the day was to improve youth (16-24 years) employment rates by providing the opportunity for youth to meet and interact with employers, and help them understand employment options and pathways in the district, as well as the changing nature of the workplace.
The participating youth had the opportunity to learn about the future of work through a presentation from University of Otago Career Development Advisor Jo Budai, before meeting with local employers in the workplace to gain first-hand knowledge of the local opportunities. There were three stops en route – first to Boundary Road to meet with construction and engineering firms; then to the Packing Shed in Earnscleugh to meet with hospitality and tourism employers; before rounding out the day talking agriculture and viticulture careers with employers gathered at Sunbury Park Orchard.
Central Otago District Council Economic Development Manager Nick Lanham, who helped coordinate the event said the day was a great success and he was grateful for the amazing level of local support.
“A big thanks goes out to all those who made this day possible. It was absolutely wonderful to see the support from local businesses, industry, schools and government agencies.”