Margaret Quirk

Margaret Quirk

Minister for Corrective Services; Small Business

    Western Australia's working - and even All Black supporters can apply

    22/08/2007 5:30 PM

    A team of recruiters is about to touch down in the land of the long white cloud, offering lifestyle and employment opportunities for New Zealanders to join the boom in Western Australia.

    Small Business Minister Margaret Quirk said even All Black supporters would be accepted, that is how desperate WA’s robust economy is for extra workers.

    “We all know that All Black supporters are passionate, that’s the sort of worker we want,” Ms Quirk said.

    “We are leading the nation with a diverse, internationally competitive economy, but this level of growth has also brought a comprehensive skills shortage.

    “It would also be perfect for school graduates who want to do something with a gap year before going on to further study or a job.”

    The Western Australian Government is bringing the ‘WA’s Working - Employment Roadshow’ to New Zealand for three expos in August and September.

    The Minister says a wide cross-section of employers will be represented at the Government-sponsored expos so that jobseekers can speak directly to those with the vacancies.

    “We have representatives from mining and resources industries, tourism and hospitality, the Western Australian Police and Prison Services, the education and health departments, major retailers, shipbuilders, and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, ”she said.

    The exposition would be held at:

    Christchurch Town Hall - August 23-24
    Wellington Convention Centre - August 28-29
    Auckland Convention Centre - September 1-2

    “Western Australia has much to offer New Zealanders in terms of career opportunities, a safe community and an enviable lifestyle,” Ms Quirk said.

    This is the third stage of the State Government’s ‘Go West Now’ campaign, which has also covered Victoria and New South Wales.

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