Learners Explore Job Opportunities At Employment Expo

Learners at UCOL Te Pūkenga Manawatū were able to gain
first-hand employment advice from businesses, recruitment
agencies, and non-profit organisations at the Employment
Expo held on campus last week.

Over 30 organisations
attended the UCOL Te Pūkenga Employment Expo, ranging from
local businesses to nationally recognised companies to
government agencies.


Now in its third year, the expo
was an opportunity for ākonga (learners) to connect with
employers, recruitment specialists, and services that help
people prepare for employment. Students learn about
full-time, part-time, and summer jobs and they gain insight
into what certain organisations do and what they look for in

UCOL Te Pūkenga Executive Director
Business & Industry Partnerships Jasmine Groves says it
was pleasing to see so many students engaging with

“It’s important for ākonga to have
events like this where they can easily network and establish
relationships with employers while they are still studying.
The insight and connections learners gain from talking to
employers and recruitment specialists can be extremely
valuable when they start applying for jobs.”

expo was also an excellent opportunity for our staff, as
they were able to meet employers within their industries and
discuss placement and internship opportunities for our

UCOL Te Pūkenga also invited learners
from Industry Training Solutions and Institute of the
Pacific United to attend the expo.

This was the first
UCOL Te Pūkenga Employment Expo for Dynamic ECE Relievers,
with local Franchisee Shiralee Pene saying it was well worth

“It was awesome. We need to come to
events like this because this is where future early
childhood teachers are training. We had a good response from
ECE students, who took the time to talk with us about what
we do and ask questions.”

“Something that we were
able to tell students is that we take on unqualified
relievers as well as fully qualified, so that has broken
some barriers for them.”

Farmers Palmerston North
Assistant Store Manager/Sales Sam Parker-Murrell says the
expo was a great opportunity to tell people about the wide
range of roles within the company.

“Events like this
are important for getting our name out there to potential
staff and telling them about our values. It’s not just
about making sales, but providing a top customer experience.
We always have a lot of different roles available, so it’s
about letting people know.”

Parker-Murrell said the
key things Farmers look for in employees include enthusiasm,
confidence, and positive attitudes.

UCOL Te Pūkenga
is constantly working to connect more employers with
learners. Any organisations interested in promoting
employment, work placement, or internship opportunities to
UCOL Te Pūkenga students can contact Ann Rutledge, Team
Leader – Business & Industry Partnerships, at a.rutledge@ucol.ac.nz.

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