‘Got a Trade? Got it Made’ is a national campaign designed to raise awareness of on-the-job training and apprenticeship options within New Zealand.
Launched in 2014, the Got A Trade group is made up of 9 Industry Training Organisations who collectively host a range of activities such as school visits, industry tours, media campaigns, and awards evenings.
The SpeedMeet Events bring school students and employers together to discuss job opportunities in a ‘speed-dating style’.
It works by having school students circulate the room, sitting down with each employer for six minutes to learn about the industry, and what an apprenticeship with that employer would look like. This year there are four events being held in Wellington, Christchurch and the Auckland region.
SpeedMeets provide a fantastic opportunity for school students to learn more about the different career pathways and for employers to seek out new talent. Choosing a career can be daunting, so attending a SpeedMeet introduces the students to a variety of industries, some of which they may not have considered before, giving them a broader range of options and allowing them to make more informed decisions.
This is the first year HITO has been involved in the Got a Trade SpeedMeets. They are run during school hours from 10-2pm. Unfortunately, the timing prevents most of our industry from being able to attend the actual event so HITO has been conducting the interviews on behalf of employers that have indicated they are looking for Gateway students and/or 1st-year apprentices.
So far HITO has attended the SpeedMeets in Wellington and Christchurch with two more Speed Meets scheduled for Auckland tomorrow 31st Oct and Wednesday 1st of November.
It was great for HITO to attend the SpeedMeets, as we got to connect with school students and talk more in-depth about what our industries offer. It was also important for us to attend on behalf of beauty, barbering and hairdressing employers to help these smaller businesses find new talent for their salons, clinics and workplaces.
We have been impressed by the calibre of the students coming to the events. Students have arrived with copies of their CV and questions to ask. The way the students have conducted themselves so far is a tribute to the schools that have taken part.
It has also been thrilling to have the opportunity to educate school leavers that they do not need experience to start an apprenticeship, emphasising that passion, drive, and an eagerness to learn are the qualities that most interest employers in our industries.
Students liked the apprenticeship model, as it allows them to earn money while they work towards their qualifications and they were pleased with the breadth of opportunities that careers in beauty, barbering and hairdressing can offer them.
We cannot wait to hear how the SpeedMeets in Auckland go this week and we are looking forward to more SpeedMeets in 2018 to come!