Online job fair to match region’s young job-seekers with summer work

An inaugural initiative is helping to connect Southland youth seeking jobs with business owners trying to get them filled.

More than 250 summer jobs at more than 20 workplaces across Southland are up for grabs at the inaugural Southland Summer of Work.

The event is an online job fair to connect Southland students looking for summer work with the employers who have jobs available during the summer holidays.

Great South Southland Youth Futures team manager Renata Gill said the event was a good way to lessen the burden for business owners trying to find summer staff.

"Businesses are already impacted by the stress of Covid lockdowns and have no ability to fill roles with visitors on working holiday visas," Mrs Gill said.

It was not always easy for students to approach employers and often when they did, they found employers wanted someone with prior experience.

"The beauty of these jobs is that no experience is required.

"There’s real variety in the work available too, with everything from a range of tourism and hospitality roles including at a jetboat company, to blueberry picking to tractor driving to wrapping Christmas presents."

The event was originally intended to be held in person but due to Covid restrictions that was not possible.

Students will be able to view video clips of employers talking about the kinds of work they have available and from that can decide who they would like to meet to learn more.

They will then be set up with meetings online that may either be one-on-one or a group information session.

The event is open either to school pupils or Southland tertiary students returning to Southland for the holidays.

More information about the event can be found at


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