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Students the Answer to Skill Shortage

18th November 2005.

Students the Answer to Skill Shortage

Record low unemployment figures released this week support the increasing skill and labour shortages being experienced throughout New Zealand. The obvious answer, and one which is often overlooked, to counter the effects of the current skill shortage is utilising tertiary students.

With the University of Canterbury having finished their exams last week and Lincoln University having finished in late October and with other institutes in close contention, there are 30,000 skilled people to start work today in Canterbury alone.

Student Job Search has been assisting employers to fill vacancies for over twenty years and welcomes even more opportunities for students this year. “Employers struggling to fill orders and meet client demands are turning to SJS for everything from Santa Claus’ to Programmers,” says Lupe Leota, Regional Manager Canterbury (SJS).

“Students are the ideal people to fill employment gaps. They are affordable and, with the help of SJS, very accessible. New Zealand tertiary institutions are brimming with keen students who have much needed skills for the workplace,” She says.

SJS advertises all kinds of jobs for tertiary students now even more so with FutureGrad catering for specialised positions. From skilled, technical engineering positions to clerical, hospitality and retail positions, full-time, part-time or casual, they are able to find the ideal student to fill the gap.

“You might think you’ve got ages to beat the Christmas rush in your business but with only a few weeks to go it makes sense to organise extra help now. With Christmas parties to organise, household jobs to catch up on, and the retail rush to get through, a student employee could be the perfect solution to help you over summer,” says Lupe Leota.

Employers can contact SJS through their website www.sjs.co.nz or call us on 03 3481272 to place a job vacancy. SJS helps new employers with every step of the employment process and can provide expert guidance on wage rates and employment issues as well.

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