The Tribune (NZ) - - OPINION -

The Sort It Em­ploy­ment Expo held last Thurs­day in Palmer­ston North was an­other suc­cess with just over 2,500 young peo­ple and their par­ents at­tend­ing the event. My thanks to an ex­cel­lent or­gan­is­ing team, ma­jor spon­sors Hig­gins Group and Manawatu Stan­dard, and ex­hibitors and schools who en­sured that job seek­ers were ex­posed to a wide range of em­ploy­ment op­tions.

Fur­ther­more, they were shown op­por­tu­ni­ties that ex­ist for ter­tiary study and train­ing to pre­pare them for find­ing work. The expo achieved the re­cent So­cial Well­be­ing Fo­rums out­come of hav­ing com­mu­nity groups work­ing to­gether to meet the chal­lenges of un­em­ploy­ment in the city and re­gion.

The Sort It Expo of­fered some­thing for ev­ery­one, and I am again proud of the re­sponse we had from ex­hibitors, which in­cluded lo­cal busi­nesses, ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tional providers and train­ing in­sti­tutes, and com­mu­nity groups.

Thank you once again to ev­ery­one in­volved.

It is pleas­ing that with the back­ing of the Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil and Manawatu District Coun­cil, the Sort It Em­ploy­ment Expo is now an an­nual event and the envy of other re­gions in New Zealand.

Adrian Broad Palmer­ston North

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