NZ Post in hiring mode at expo

JANINE RANKIN
Last updated 12:00 15/07/2014

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New Zealand Post will be adding the prospect of recruitment to real jobs at Palmerston North's Sort It careers expo at the end of the month.

Its Manawatu Mail Centre is looking to recruit about 90 people for new jobs at its mega mail centre in Malden St, planned to open early next year to handle all lower North Island mail.

Centre manager Rob Fryer said most of the jobs were for entry-level mail officers.

No previous experience was necessary, but reading skills, a basic knowledge of geography, willingness to learn and availability for shift work would be advantages.

There were also likely to be positions for team leaders and administrators, and options for career development in the business.

"Our staff come from all walks of life, from varying backgrounds, and are given six to eight weeks' training on the job."

His own rise from starting as a courier in 1997 to being mail centre manager today was an example of how people could progress through the business, he said.

Sort It co-organiser and city councillor Adrian Broad said he was "absolutely delighted" NZ Post would be using the expo as part of its recruitment drive.

"That's what it's all about - to create some jobs, make real connections, and get people into training and into work.

"It's not just about wandering around the stalls picking up a pen, a drink bottle and a notebook."

The expo is being managed by Destination Manawatu.

After an initial goal of attracting 40 exhibitors, there were now 65 employers, educators and other organisations signed up, he said.

They included Massey and Victoria universities, Bank of New Zealand, the New Zealand Defence Force, Palmerston North School of Design, the Primary Industry Training Organisation and MidCentral Health.

As well as viewing displays, the full day expo includes seminar and workshop sessions, two led by inspirational speaker Cam Calkoen and city businessman Simon Barnett, to help jobseekers make a plan to learn what they need to do to get a job.

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- Manawatu Standard

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