Construction boom benefits Auckland jobseekers
WELLINGTON, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand's largest city Auckland has two more jobs and skills hubs which will help meet the demand for skilled workers created by the city's construction boom.
Launched by Employment Minister Willie Jackson on Thursday, the new hubs build on the success of existing hubs in Tamaki, the city center, and Auckland Airport, helping people find work and training.
Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa said the construction industry employs about 242,000 workers, making it New Zealand's fourth largest employer and a substantial employer in Auckland.
"The new jobs and skills hubs are perfect examples of how we're focusing on developing a skilled and responsive workforce that can meet the current and future needs of New Zealanders," Salesa said in a statement.
Funded by the government's Sector Workforce Engagement Program, the new hubs provide a no-cost service for jobseekers and employers, she said.
These hubs provide extensive support including: career advice; recruitment services; schools-to-employment connections; help getting industry certifications; job interview training and mentoring, she added.