The inaugural Amplify Turangi Careers Expo welcomed over 350 people on Monday 30 March.
Held at the Turangi Gymnasium, the free expo showcased 24 different exhibitors who were a mix of local and regional employers, training organisations, polytechnic institutes and employment support providers. This provided our guests with a wide range of people and sectors to talk to, with plenty of current and future work and career opportunities to learn more about.
Amplify’s Turangi Development Lead, Mike Bowie, and Workforce Support Lead, Tanya Stieglbauer, co-ordinated the event, and worked closely with local schools, community groups and community leaders to ensure the event appealed to youth in the community who may not have otherwise realised the wide range of work and career opportunities available to them.
“It was so exciting to see young people from our local schools flooding in the doors,” said Tanya. “We really want to help all our community, regardless of age or stage, identify ways they can undertake meaningful work or training, and so to have over 350 Turangi locals attend means we are one step closer to achieving that goal.”
“Our local community really got in behind this event,” said Mike. “From Tuwharetoa FM broadcasting from the Expo, Turangi New World providing the kai for our free sausage sizzle, and all our local exhibitors getting stuck in… it was a wonderful example of how strong this community is.”
Exhibitors and attendees will be surveyed to help Amplify learn what was most helpful from the event, and also what they could do to improve future Career Expo events.
“We’re hoping to make this an annual fixture for our Turangi community,” said Mike. “We think there are people of all ages in our community who enjoyed the Expo and our early feedback from the exhibitors was they received really strong levels of interest and engagement. Here’s hoping that creates some direct employment outcomes for our people!”
Thank you to our event supporters and partners, including Baytrust, MSD, Ministry of Education, Tongariro Area School, Tuwharetoa FM, Turangi New World and Bluelight Turangi.