Opotiki employment expo draws near


OPOTIKI’S Whakaatu Whanaunga Trust is holding an employment expo next week to show the community the diversity of the region’s career opportunities.

WWT’s Ignite Opotiki co-ordinator Jess Suisted said they looked far afield to ensure businesses on a local, regional and national level would be represented at the expo, being held at Opotiki College on Saturday, February 16, from 10am to 3pm.

“A really wide range of businesses and industries will be there. We expect our local community will be well represented – especially in the education sector,” she said.

So far, more than 40 exhibitors have confirmed they will attend the event.

“The expo is all about inviting people in the community to look at the various career and education opportunities that are available to them.

“The cherry on the top will be when members of the community are inspired to pursue a career,” she said.

She said regional businesses were especially interested in promoting their job opportunities to the community.

“Opotiki Packing and Coolstorage, New Zealand Manuka Group, Waiotahi Contractors, Opotiki Helicopters, and other businesses are going to be represented – as well as 13 education providers,” she said.

“It’s been very encouraging. We have talked to many businesses about this and they have all said they would jump on board.”

The opportunities also include those interested in serving their country.

“The defence force is coming, and they are bringing a large military vehicle with them,” she said.

The trust expects a large response and recommends exhibitors bring something to attract attention.

“We encourage all our exhibitors to bring something interactive with them,” she said.

For example, Opotiki Helicopters will exhibit precision piloting skills and exhibitors are giving away numerous spot prizes for those who attend. There are also sessions available for the self-employed, and those who may be looking for a career change.

“We’ll have breakout workshops where Yalc Consulting will have a CV and cover letter writing workshop. People from Ake Innovation and Lightning Hub will have an entrepreneurship workshop for starting your own business,” she said.

With job opportunities growing in Opotiki District, Whakaatu Whanaunga wants to ensure nobody is left behind. By promoting a wide range of job positions, Ms Suisted said they hoped to reach everyone.

“It goes far and wide, with people in contracting and from the kiwifruit industry beekeepers and honey producers – including manuka,” she said.

Not for profit groups such as Opotiki Society for the Care of Animals will also attend.
Whakaatu Whanaunga is results-oriented and Ms Suisted said they would follow up to gauge the outcomes.

“We’ll have a chance for people to provide feedback, so we know if we have hit the nail on the head.”