Young eyes open to airport careers
Fifty keen students have been "speed dating" with Auckland Airport retailers.
The jobs expo, held at the airport, saw seven retailers discussing employment options with Manukau Institute of Technology tourism and business students for seven minutes at a time before they rotated to the next business.
It's an expanded version of a pilot programme that ran last year, placing 10 students into three-month internships with five taking up fulltime positions at the end of the programme.
Airport corporate affairs manager Charles Spillane says he's hoping for a much bigger number to be placed in internships this year.
"It's a pretty good strike rate so far. It really does deliver on the intention of helping local people into local jobs at Auckland Airport."
The programme is a joint venture between MIT and the airport and was originally inspired by the Auckland Council's Southern Initiative, which aims to increase living standards within the South Auckland region.
"It shows how the Southern Initiative is becoming more linked up," Mr Spillane says.
Student Sharai Walters says the expo opened her eyes to plenty of employment opportunities at the airport.
"I think it's been a really cool experience meeting and greeting all the top retailers.
"I liked how they told us about the opportunities to grow within their business.
"There's about three I'm interested in," she says.
AWPL regional manager Michelle Ephraims, whose company operates various retail outlets at the airport, is also positive about the experience.
"From our point of view there are some really good passionate people there who were very interested and wanted to understand our business."
She met at least five students who would fit into her team well.
MIT airport internships co-ordinator Fau Tiatia says only students from South Auckland were chosen to attend the expo to keep true with the Southern Initiative criteria.
The students will benefit from the internships even if they're not offered permanent jobs, with CV preparation and work experience helping them kick off their careers, she says.
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