Meet the businesses at our Speed Meet

Tuesday | 13 October 2020

Thank you to all our local businesses and business groups who joined us at our Wellington Business Expo 2020 Education to Employment Speed Meet. These companies were all keen to support young people into their industries and foster working relationships with our local secondary schools.

The Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce is committed to a long term strategy to connect the local business community and local secondary schools, to help grow our local economy.

Armstrong Downes Commercial 

This is an award-winning team of construction professionals specialising in commercial construction, design & build and multi-unit projects within Wellington. They regularly employ young people into the industry and hosted a group of Wainuiomata High School students earlier in 2020 to give them the opportunity to learn first-hand about the construction industry. See the Armstrong Downes Commercial stand here.

Equip Recruitment 

Equip Recruitment has a variety of casual, paid employment opportunities for young people. They are launching a pilot service for six young people to undertake casual contracts across a variety of industrial and commercial/administration employment opportunities. Equip Recruitment will provide any necessary PPE gear for work and provide pastoral support to help them into employment. A fantastic opportunity to learn some new skills and gain valuable experience. Learn more about Equip Recruitment by watching their livestream replay, or visit their online stand.

Engineering and Construction Industry 

We have employers keen to engage with students and help them understand more about the different roles available within the Engineering Industry. These include Firth, Armstrong Downes, Real Steel, JD Rigging, Excel R, Cuttriss, Winstone Aggregates and Times-7.

Sign Foundry 

Sign Foundry manufactures and installs sign and display elements nationwide. These include vehicle wraps, interior fit outs, exterior building signage and illuminated signage.

Joinery Association and Carter Class 

The Joinery Association is made up of Joiners living and working throughout New Zealand. They are keen to engage with local students, to talk about their apprenticeships available.

Carter Class is a local company that creates bespoke kitchens, joinery and custom artwork. Noah Edmonds-Carter is a qualified composite boat builder and is passionate about inspiring young people into the joinery industry.

JD Rigging Services

JD Rigging has projects all over New Zealand, providing a one-stop shop for all crane services. They have branches in both Wellington and Auckland. Due to extensive health and safety aspects of operating cranes, they typically favour young people who already have some construction experience. They talk about career opportunities on their livestream replay which you can watch here, or take a look at their online stand.

Scent Tech 

Scent Tech is New Zealand’s only drug detection company, providing a full range of drug detection and testing services. They are keen to engage with students to help them learn more about the different roles available in this industry.

OnVideo Media 

OnVideo Media is a digital video production company, specialising in creating business videos for social media and television. With the world of graphic design and digital media in high demand, they will talk with students about starting their pathway into this exciting career.


Masterlink connects young students with plumbing, gas fitting and drain laying employers, via a managed apprenticeship.

With the apprenticeship boost for employers, more local businesses are looking at employing student leavers as apprentices.

Support Services 

After a student has left college, there are a number of different organisations that can help provide support, employment training and advice on the next steps.

Some local organisations are: Kiwi Can Do, Talentrise, Sapphire Consultants and Youth Inspire. They will be available for young people to connect with at the Speed Meet.

Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson runs a local Wellington recruitment agency. Sarah helps young people prepare for job interviews, anticipate possible questions they will be asked and develop their interview communication skills.

Education to Employment Coordinator 

As part of the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce team, Amanda works closely with the business community, local colleges and students. Amanda helps employers offer work experience placements as well as filling casual and permanent roles. Students gain valuable work experience that can lead to opportunities for full time employment.

Amanda is available for students to connect with and receive support with their employment search, especially with regard to apprenticeships and casual employment. Students can send their CVs and cover letters directly to