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A pop-up job shop co-ordinated by Venture Southland in April helped 47 job-seekers to find employment, which Mr Casson said on Wednesday was "very pleasing".
"To secure employment for 47 people is fantastic and shows the innovative work we have taking place in Southland to connect people with employment and career pathways."
The job shop advertised 724 jobs in Invercargill, Gore and Te Anau, and offered seminars and advice on creating CVs and lasting impressions in job interviews.
The initiative had also been successful in raising awareness about the number and range of jobs available in the region, Venture Southland labour market co-ordinator Kirsten Diack said.
"The feedback we have received has been overwhelmingly positive and has been successful in connecting job-seekers with employment opportunities and advice," she said.
Plans were under way to hold another pop-up job shop in 2019, and Mr Casson said he was optimistic about further encouraging results.