The Talent and Employers project has been announced as the recipient of over $800,000 of funding from the Provincial Growth Fund.
Last Thursday, local employers, educators and community leaders in the Horowhenua flocked to the new Levin Kia showroom for the launch of Get-Go a new initiative that has been created to connect talent with the work they want and employers with the people they need in Horowhenua.
The employment initiative is funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, had an array of local employers there, from homegrown names such as Turks Poultry, to Thermosash, an exciting new business in Horowhenua who are the first anchor tenant in the Horowhenua Business Park, established by the Horowhenua New Zealand Trust.
Being a part of the Horowhenua New Zealand Trust, Get-Go is extremely important to Trustee Sarah Ryan, who has taught youth in Horowhenua for years. Sarah says "It is not just a job listing website, but rather a way to directly connect talent with available jobs and a variety of career paths. It is also a way to showcase our employers. To tell the stories of their business, their values and the breadth of opportunities available with them."
Geoff Lewis of Lewis Farms gladly hosted the launch and spoke about the many opportunities that the initiative offers. He says "There is a tremendous demand for food production, infrastructure, housing, construction, roading, even recreation and we are really struggling to fill the demand for staff. Get-Go offers workers and employers a complete package using amazing technology. We would like to increase average household income by say $10,000. That is easy to achieve with enough motivated, skilled, and hardworking workers.”
But Get-Go won’t work unless we include all parts of the puzzle which is why the local Education providers (Horowhenua, Waiopehu, Manawatu Colleges), UCOL, HLC and Ministry of Social Development have been on board since early on in the project to best help our chances of improving the wellbeing of our community.
We reiterated our phased approach to testing the platform with small groups of talent before our official launch to the public within the next few weeks. If you are an employer in the Horowhenua and want to be a part of Get-Go, please contact Shane, Get-Go’s Executive Lead by email to firstname.lastname@example.org to see what is on offer for your business.
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