Sexy Sum­mer Jobs event re­turn­ing

Otago Daily Times - - Dunedin - STAFF RE­PORTER

DUNEDIN’S ‘‘speed dat­ing’’ event for stu­dents to se­cure in­tern­ships at lo­cal busi­nesses is about to re­turn.

The an­nual Sexy Sum­mer Jobs event will be held at Otago Poly­tech­nic next Wed­nes­day.

En­ter­prise Dunedin busi­ness de­vel­op­ment ad­viser Chanel O’Brien said the pro­gramme met busi­ness needs, cre­ated high­value jobs, re­tained skills and tal­ent in the city and con­trib­uted to its eco­nomic growth.

Since 2009, 93 busi­nesses had been in­volved in the pro­gramme, and 318 in­tern­ships had re­sulted in 216 po­si­tions, she said.

While the pro­gramme started with an ICT fo­cus, it had gone on to at­tract a wide range of sec­tors.

At next week’s event, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of small and medium­sized busi­nesses from sec­tors in­clud­ing ICT, biotech, health tech­nolo­gies, ed­u­ca­tion, re­search, en­gi­neer­ing and niche man­u­fac­tur­ing would be able to meet stu­dents from the Univer­sity of Otago and poly­tech­nic to find po­ten­tial in­terns.

‘‘Busi­nesses use the pro­gramme to re­duce the com­mer­cial risk in tak­ing on an un­tried per­son,’’ Ms O’Brien said.

‘‘It pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity for mar­ket and prod­uct de­vel­op­ment which might not oth­er­wise hap­pen,’’ she said.

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