25 March 2015
The Southland Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with SIT and the Otago Southland Employers’ Association were pleased to host the first Speed Networking event for SIT students to present themselves to employers for potential work experience and project opportunities.
Employers from Hospice Southland, EIS, Work Bridge, Awarua Synergy, Invercargill City Council, Carolyn Dean Coaching, Jack Refrigeration, South Alive, Southland Arts Foundation and Venture Southland attended the event.
Sumaria Beaton General Manager at Awarua Synergy commented “It was good to talk to students and see what’s out there and also to see if there is a win-win situation to support them. It was also valuable to pick people to put them with suitable projects that we have.”
Brent Webster Engineering Manager at EIS also found the event beneficial, “I have met five or six young people here today that could potentially fill jobs at EIS in the future. It is also great to help the students develop their interview confidence and learning how to approach an employer.”
Southland Chamber of Commerce Marketing and Events Manager Nikki Dermody was really pleased with how the event panned out. “The speed networking went really well and we have had great feedback from both businesses and students. We look forward to seeing the outcomes from the connections made today.”
The Southland Chamber of Commerce and Otago Southland Employers’ Association are looking to host two more Speed Networking events for SIT students later in the year in May and September.