We had more secondary school students attend than we expected – a great sign that our message of how rewarding a career in the trades can be is getting through.” said Speed Meet organiser Rachael Dippie from MITO.“Over the day we had a total of 300 speedmeet sessions and over 140 matches were formed.”Hirepool came away with thirteen matches and after further interviews have already made job offers to several students.

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“This was a good option to get a trade, have no student loan, and get paid”.

AB Equipment came away with a number of matches that are now being followed up.

At the end of each meeting employer and student decide whether they wanted to find out more and mutual matches are formed. Speed Meet was developed by the industry training organisations that form the Got a Trade? collaboration which aims to raise awareness of careers in the trades and services industries to 16-24 year olds, their parents and school career advisors.

With there being a shortage of employees in a wide range of trades and services industries, especially in Auckland, the Speed Meet concept was formed to facilitate young people meeting directly with employers looking for new apprentices.“We’re delighted with how today has gone.

The food is not to be laughed at either – fine dining restaurant Clooney has designed a delicious degustation tasting menu, paired with delicious cocktails from Bombay Sapphire.

When: Thursday 31st March, 7pm Where: Clooney, 33 Sale St, Freemans Bay.

“It follows a highly successful “walkies” programme we held last November that attracted more than 500 city office workers to Victoria Park and resulted in our shelters being empty before Christmas,” she says. I’m a dancer."I love long walks on the beach and curling up on the couch with you.

"I’m looking for friends first before any long-term commitment.

This is basically an event that makes people meet large number of prospect partners in a short span of time.