20 Oct 2015

Mayors back Otago jobs fair

9:55 am on 20 October 2015

A Dunedin jobs day will try to get hundreds of the city's unemployed people into vacancies in South Otago.

From left, Dunedin mayor Dave Cull, Clutha mayor Bryan Cadogan and Dunedin deputy mayor Chris Staynes (on Mr Cull's balcony)

From left, Dunedin mayor Dave Cull, Clutha mayor Bryan Cadogan and Dunedin deputy mayor Chris Staynes (on Mr Cull's balcony) Photo: RNZ / Ian Telfer

The Dunedin City Council and Clutha District are working together on the rare venture, which will run as a speed-dating-type of job interview forum at the Dunedin Town Hall in two weeks' time on 4 November.

Clutha mayor Bryan Cadogan said his region's major employers were crying out for least 500 workers, from freezing works to management roles in construction and milk factories.

"It's not good for our economy to have it that our employers are saying we can not fill the positions we need. That's not good for us," he said.

"And primarily, that's Clutha's advantage. Dunedin's advantage is that they get some money back into the town, people getting on, getting [into] their careers. That's plus-plus, isn't it?"

Mr Cadogan said the jobs day was a new regional approach to employment, not a raid on Dunedin's labour.

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