UP Education's Tertiary & Careers Groups is a leader in vocational training, and its much-anticipated annual Careers Fairs provide the ultimate opportunity for job seekers to get a foot in the door to New Zealand’s most sought-after organisations.
The Fairs kicked off last month with industry events and networking opportunities at Yoobee Colleges in Auckland and Wellington. October has seen highly successful Fairs at NZMA Hamilton, and NZMA Sylvia Park, with NZMA Auckland South hosting theirs later this week. Next month it’s the turn of Yoobee Christchurch and NZCC Wellington.
UP Education's Sales Manager, Leanda Bekker, says the Careers Fairs are a unique and highly effective way to bring together employers and skilled job seekers.
“No other provider runs events like these, and the support and feedback we have received from industry has been fantastic,” she says.
“For many of our employer partners the Careers Fairs have become a highly valued recruitment tool. They can meet with lots of different candidates in one place, on one day, and quickly pluck out those who are the right fit for their brand. It’s a hassle-free recruitment solution!”
The Fairs are also an excellent way for employers to lift the profile of their organisation and showcase the opportunities they offer. Crowne Plaza Executive Chef Adrian Walker was one of 41 employers who attended the Hospitality and Cookery Careers Fair at NZMA Sylvia Park last week.
“Although I am recruiting for a specific role, I have found that these Fairs are more about the future, about strengthening the relationship between NZMA and Crowne Plaza, having the chance to meet students, and also teaching them about our brand so when they see jobs advertised on Seek in the future it rings a bell for them,” he says.
Corporate Human Resources Manager for Millennium & Copthorne Hotels New Zealand, Lynley Jones is also a regular attendee.
“We try and come every year,” says Lynley. “It’s a good way to meet with students who are coming through, and try and get them through into the workforce, whether it’s for a few hours each week, or more permanent roles. It’s a great opportunity to encourage them. Tourism and hospitality is the number one earner in this country yet most companies are struggling to get good staff, so we look to organisations like NZMA to help.”
As well as being able to meet with individual students and conduct on the spot interviews, employers had the chance to see NZMA students in action thanks to the Koru Lounge, a pop up restaurant organised by students to provide employers with mouth-watering breakfasts, lunches, and even smoothies and cocktails throughout the day.
Cookery student Mithila Kaluarachchi was responsible for whipping up Eggs Benedict for attendees.
“I made my own brioche buns and served them with ham, spinach, poached eggs and my special Bourbon hollandaise. Helping run the Koru Lounge was a great opportunity for potential employers to see me in action,” says Mithila.
Over 900 students and graduates participated in the Sylvia Park Hospitality and Cookery Fair – the first time in its five year history that it has run as a standalone event, rather than as a combined Careers Fair incorporating the full range of NZMA’s programmes. Leanda says the Fairs have become so popular that it made sense to split them up this year.
This week’s Auckland South Careers Fair will focus on business, retail, contact centre and ECE. Around 400 students are expected to attend.