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Sorting It Out - New Jobs and Careers Expo Announced

Wednesday May 21 2014

Sort It Expo is a new annual career expo that will commence on Tuesday 29 July 2014 at Arena Manawatū. It will focus on detailing jobs, careers, study, training and development opportunities available in our region.

The full day expo combines seminar and workshops sessions and will bring together employers, educators and training providers with school leavers and job seekers.

Sort It Expo is a combined initiative from both the Palmerston North City and Manawatū District Mayors after Councillor Adrian Broad identified the need and brought a working group together.

The Expo will also be looking to help migrants and refugees.

Councillor Broad commented that, "with an improving economy we owe it to our young people and targeted job seekers to proactively support them in finding a job and the right options to take right now that will allow the different future that we all want to see for them."

"Now is the moment to focus on the critical next steps, sorting out the content and other key performance indicators that will create a successful event for our people. We hope to put any surplus we make from exhibitor fees into a trust to fund future events," he said. "It's really important that we do as much as we can for our young people and those settling here, to find worthwhile and rewarding jobs and careers."

James Etuale from Palmerston North City Council is chairing a steering group, bringing a diverse team together to make sure the programme is relevant, interesting and motivating.

The event will be produced and managed by Destination Manawatū, and their Chief Executive Lance Bickford feels that the expo is vital for the Region. "It's more important than ever that we connecting people to opportunity. For young people joining the workforce for the first time, or those looking to re-enter the workforce, the pathways are often confusing".

The event, open to everyone, has stemmed from the success of 'Where's my Job', an expo held in Feilding last year.