Venture Southland tourism team leader Warwick Low said events like this were a valuable tool for employers as Southland young achievers continue to seek work opportunities elsewhere.
Many of the young people who seek professional careers leave for university and do not return."The people who want to go on to high careers leave for bigger opportunities.
Invercargill City Council community development project officer Oliver Mortensen, who spoke to the students, said the recruitment of young people in Southland was an issue."Invercargill City Youth Council are looking at what Invercargill can do to retain its young people," Mortensen said."It's going to be an issue that keeps growing for Southland over the next 10 years."Venture Southland enterprise projects co-ordinator Rhiannon Suter said the youth futures strategy aimed at getting more young people in jobs in the primary sector and related industries."There were a few drivers for the strategy, youth unemployment rates, young people leaving Southland, and employers saying they have a lot more hard-to-fill positions."We want to encourage more young people to find work in the area, and bring back others who have left."Southland Chamber of Commerce and SIT will run two more speed-networking events for students this year.It was speed dating - but instead of finding love it was all about finding possible jobs.A bell every five minutes was the speed-dating style networking technique used to introduce business students to Southland employers on Thursday.Simply click on the Create your free account button and a form will appear.Many members on Affair Hub are regular callers of Affair Hub Live.A match occurs when a person you want to meet also wants to meet you again.We will send you the contact details of your matches the day after your Speed Dating event. Click here to find out more about the exciting world of Speed Dating!The evening kicks off with your host giving you a brief explanation of how the evening works.When the Speed Dating starts those with badge number one start at table number one and so on.This is Enabling Loves first-speed dating event so come and join us for a night of fun, laughs and food.The cost is which is to be paid up front on the night, this includes dinner and a drink.