Jobs hubs to support Auckland jobseekers

Published: Sep 10, 2019

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Auckland has two more jobs and skills hubs which will help meet the demand for skilled workers created by the city’s construction boom.

Provincial Development Unit Head Robert Pigou making an announcement.

Robert Pigou, Head of the PDU, speaking at the launch of Manukau and Northern Jobs and Skills Hubs.

Launched by Employment Minister Willie Jackson on Thursday 29 August, the new hubs located in Manukau and Glenfield (Northern) build on the success of existing hubs in Tāmaki, the city centre, and Auckland Airport, helping people find work and training.

Funded by the Government’s Sector Workforce Engagement Programme (SWEP), the new hubs provide a no-cost service for job seekers and employers.

Auckland’s existing hubs have already helped more than 1,500 people into work. The two new hubs will be particularly focussed on the construction and infrastructure sector, which will need an estimated 56,000 workers in the next decade to keep pace with Auckland’s growing demands.

Nathan Grennell, Director of Skills and Employment at PDU, says the two new hubs will be particularly focussed on the construction and infrastructure sector, which will need an estimated 56,000 workers in the next decade to keep pace with Auckland’s growing demands.

“Auckland needs access to people with the right skills in the right places, so the city can keep growing at this exponential rate. Both large-scale infrastructure projects and an increase in building within communities are creating a demand for skilled workers,” Nathan says.

“We know from local people they want stable, long-term work opportunities close to where they live. These hubs will meet that need with extensive support in one place including: career advice; recruitment services; schools-to-employment connections; help getting industry certifications; job interview training and mentoring.”

Construction and building work in Auckland last year reached a record high of $9.15 billion (Statistics NZ) and this is predicted to increase which intensifies the need for initiatives like this, says Willie Jackson.

Speaking at the launch alongside Minister Jackson, Orman Broadhurst, Managing Director of Design, Strategise, Build, says it is a deeply entrenched part of his business' strategy to invest in people.

"In our short time dealing with Manukau Jobs and Skills Hub, they have helped us achieve this strategy and reduced our rivalry with competitors by extending our recruitment pool. It has also helped us reduce our recruitment costs to nothing, and supported us to hire three women into trades."

"Without the assistance of the hub, my company would not have achieved the recent recruitment levels that we have and we have thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience working with them."

Twelve people and a dog from the Jobs and Skills Hubs teams.

The Manukau and Northern Jobs and Skills Hubs teams.