Employment exchange may be repeated


Bevan Rickerby.
Bevan Rickerby.
The Ashburton employment exchange organised by the Ashburton council was likely to be repeated.

Council's economic development officer, Bevan Rickerby, said the seminar was successful, and review documents would be sent out to those who attended.

Asked by councillors if it would be held again, Mr Rickerby said that was likely, perhaps annually.

That would be decided once the review had been done.

The exchange was held at the Ashburton MSA and involved jobseekers and employers and tips on attitude, keeping employment on track and getting a foot in the door.

It was split into programmes for workers and employers.

Mr Rickerby presented a report to the final meeting of this term of council, outlining development goals.

They included signalling the council was open for business, placemaking and branding, unlocking potential, assisting the agriculture and technology sectors, including advocacy for labour and immigration.

The report said the council was working with water companies to identify development opportunities.

One infrastructure project to be solved was the rail hub, with agreement in business circles that the rail hub should be at the Ashburton Business Park.

Cr Stuart Wilson said if KiwiRail did allow its hub to be shifted, council had nothing in its Long Term Plan on funding. Chief executive officer Hamish Riach said any chance of KiwiRail accepting an offer not in the Long Term Plan were so slim as to be theoretical.




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