Selwyn Aquatic Centre lifeguard Angelica McCormick, and operations manager Nick McConaghty talk to students about job prospects

‘Speed dating’ leads to jobs

by Mike Isle

It was all about connections as 40 school leavers tried to woo potential employers at a speed dating style event in West Melton.

The Selwyn District Council event was organised to help year 12 and 13 school leavers meet employers and hopefully get a job.

The students had five minutes to meet with each business, with each side marking if they were interested afterwards and council staff matching up where both student and business were keen to talk more.

The event was run with advice from the Ministry of Education and Otago District Council, which have successfully run similar events and the aim was to support young people and keep them in the district, council’s community and economic development senior adviser Clare Quirke said.

“We know with young people leaving school if they don’t get into employment or training that can be a time when problems begin.

“Meeting potential employers is a stressful thing, especially if you’re doing it for the first time, so the speed dating idea gives it a bit of fun in a neutral setting.”

Darfield High School careers adviser Jo Ager, said the five students she brought had appreciated the chance and had their eyes opened to jobs they didn’t know about before.

“These guys were super nervous, but the employers have been impressed with the students that sat in front of them.”