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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.

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