Around 2,000 young
Aucklanders were a part of JobFest on Wednesday, at the Manukau Vodafone Events Centre. It had a record of 1,250 jobs on offer for participants. The event was focused on South Auckland and Maori and Pacific Island youths. Sectors which were facing critical skills shortage like construction, hospitality, fashion, tourism and infrastructure all exhibited. Auckland’s deputy mayor Bill Cashmore said the event bridged the gap between young jobseekers and employers. He said South Auckland had a significantly higher proportion of young people not in employment, education or training than the rest of Auckland, as was the number of young Maori and Pacific Islanders.