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Students the Answer to Skill Shortage

Media Release - For immediate release 31.10.2006

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 and Lincoln University finishing exams in one week and with other institutes in close contention, there are thousands of skilled people seeking work in Canterbury alone.

Student Job Search has been assisting employers to fill vacancies for over twenty four 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.

The tertiary employment service has launched a new web site where employers can now list there job online, at www.sjs.co.nz

The not for profit organisation is owned by local student associations and is funded by government via Study Link.

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