In­no­va­tive scheme to hire staff

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Min­is­ter for So­cial Devel­op­ment Carmel Sepu­loni and Min­is­ter of Em­ploy­ment Wil­lie Jackson launched the Work The Sea­sons web­site in Pukekohe re­cently.

The web­site is de­signed to make it eas­ier for sea­sonal work­ers to find the job they need and for em­ploy­ers to find the right per­son. Hor­ti­cul­ture is grow­ing rapidly and de­mand for work­ers is higher than the num­ber of peo­ple avail­able, said Mike Chap­man, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand.

‘‘We need more peo­ple, im­me­di­ately, as well as in plan­ning for the fu­ture. This is why we sup­port any good ini­tia­tive to get New Zealan­ders tak­ing up the healthy life­style that a ca­reer in hor­ti­cul­ture of­fers,’’ said Chap­man.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of A S Wil­cox & Sons Kevin Wil­cox said: ‘‘As an em­ployer in­volved across the hor­ti­cul­ture value chain, we ap­plaud the in­tro­duc­tion of tools such as this web­site.

‘‘One of our val­ues as a busi­ness is ‘we grow peo­ple too’ and at­tract­ing, train­ing and re­tain­ing peo­ple at all lev­els is vi­tal to both our busi­ness and the wider in­dus­try.’’

Jackson said that the Work the Sea­sons web­site helps ad­dress key em­ploy­ment is­sues for job seek­ers and em­ploy­ers.

‘‘We need to ad­dress skills and labour short­ages and make op­por­tu­ni­ties like these more vis­i­ble so we can sup­port the type of labour mar­ket booms we have had re­cently in the Hawke’s Bay, and at­tract and re­tain New Zealan­ders,’’ said Jackson.

‘‘Any­one aged over 15 years and who is el­i­gi­ble to work in New Zealand can regis­ter as a job seeker on the Work­ing The Sea­sons web­site.’’

It is sup­ported by 13,500 sea­sonal em­ploy­ers who can post jobs, man­age the re­cruit­ment process and of­fer es­sen­tial skills train­ing.

The web­site has been live since Fe­bru­ary 1, and since then, the site has had 225 job­seek­ers regis­ter for work. The Work The Sea­sons web­site is avail­able at­the­sea­

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