JobFest15 – Getting Auckland’s Young People Working!

Published: 01 January 2015
Filed under: General news

JobFest15 – a one-day event held in Manukau earlier this year for employers and young job seekers to connect face-to-face and discuss job opportunities – has been judged a success by businesses now employing young people.
JobFest15 at the Manukau Institute of Technology South Auckland campus. Source: Auckland Council

JobFest15 – a one-day event held in Manukau earlier this year for employers and young job seekers to connect face-to-face and discuss job opportunities – has been judged a success by businesses now employing young people.

JobFest15 attracted more than 2,000 young people and was supported by nearly 50 Auckland employers. Between them the employers were seeking candidates for more than 300 vacancies. Each employer ended up with candidates for jobs, with some having up to 90 CVs to follow up.

Recruitment continues following the event and will provide more 15-24-year-olds in Auckland with interview and employment opportunities. 15-24 year olds who registered for JobFest15 polished their CVs and interview skills at 'job readiness' workshops before and during the event.

Auckland Mayor Len Brown, Hon. Steven Joyce (Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, and Employment) and Sir Stephen Tindall (Tindall Foundation) spoke at the event. They welcomed business leadership in providing work opportunities for Auckland’s young people to grow the Auckland skills pipeline, proactively address skills shortages, and reduce youth unemployment.

Feedback from the businesses involved in JobFest15 shows the event provided an alternative recruitment channel, with depth into markets they could not usually reach. The employers were impressed with the motivated candidates and appreciated the opportunity to inform young people about the career pathways that they offer.

As Auckland’s economy recovers from the global financial crisis, a number of Auckland’s key sectors are facing skills shortages. Through initiatives such as the Mayor’s Youth Employment Pledge, many Auckland employers are committing to employing young people and developing the future workforce.

JobFest15 - a Mayor’s Youth Employment initiative
JobFest15 was a Mayor’s Youth Employment initiative and was delivered by ATEED in partnership with Auckland Council Youth Connections, The Southern Initiative, Auckland Transport, Ministry of Social Development, Careers NZ and the Manukau Institute of Technology.