education to employment careers showcase and speed meet

13 oCTOBER | 10am-12PM

The Honorable Chris Hipkins, Minister of Education, opened our Education to Employment Careers Showcase, hosted by Expo Sponsor, Open Polytechnic.

This hugely successful event enabled meaningful and targeted discussions between employers and students to raise the profile of vocational education. We had a fantastic turnout on the day.

At our Speed Meet, local Year 13 secondary school students were introduced to 20 different local employers from throughout the region. Many of these employers have immediate employment, apprenticeships and work experience opportunities to offer. See the businesses that took part here.

The 70 students that took part met local employers and had the opportunity to find out about industries such as manufacturing, technology, construction, carpentry and many more.

Information was provided to the students on apprenticeship training including the Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF). This newly created fund offers free apprenticeships and vocational course opportunities for young people, with funding available up until 31 December 2022.

Information was made available to employers on the subsidies through the Apprenticeship Boost Initiative to retain and take on new apprentices in their first two years of training. The scheme provides funding for employers to receive up to $12,000 per first year apprentice and $6,000 per second year apprentice.


Find out about different careers

We featured a number of different careers during the expo, from funeral directing and embalming to hospitality, accounting and radio broadcasting.

Watch the video replays to hear people in their 20s talking about their experience in their chosen career pathways and what it takes to get into the job.

Due to Covid and alert level restrictions, it’s unfortunate that some of our senior students have missed out this year on the opportunity to connect with employers and find out more about vocational education.

This year we have a large number of senior students more uncertain about their future than in previous years. This event is an opportunity for them to engage with our local employers, who have told us they would like to build positive relationships with our local schools and help ensure our young people are work ready.

Amanda Walters, Education to Employment Coordinator, Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce