Publish date: 05/06/2020

The alignment of a Work Broker with Enterprise North Canterbury (ENC) will focus on matching local job seekers with employers looking for staff as the region starts to get back on its feet following the Covid-19 lockdown.  

Michelle Becks, Work Broker at the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) in Rangiora, will be working with ENC from Monday (June 8) to support local businesses that are seeking to release staff due to trading circumstances following Covid-19, and those businesses looking to increase their employee numbers.

ENC Chief Executive Heather Warwick says, “Part of economic development is about saving and creating jobs. MSD is the best-placed organisation to do this, but they cannot do it in isolation. Michelle already has good relationships with a number of local employers and this new partnership will extend her existing networks via introductions from ENC’s experienced business support team. ENC has a long-standing working relationship with MSD and we have successfully partnered with MSD following the 2010 earthquakes and the 2016 earthquakes with great outcomes.”

Michelle is available to:

  • support businesses through the redundancy process
  • meet in confidence with business owners to provide advice around redundancy options
  • assist employees in finding new roles without having to apply for a benefit
  • connect employers with active job seekers at all levels
  • connect employers with government funding and subsidies to help train new employees in some instances
  • discuss ways to meet businesses’ staffing needs

Diane McDermott, MSD Regional Commissioner for Canterbury says, "For many years now, ENC has been a very proactive and supportive partner of MSD. We believe aligning our work brokerage service more closely with the ENC team will enhance the support given by our two organisations to local businesses and jobseekers." 

Heather adds, “Over the past eight weeks ENC has been busy supporting over 700 businesses through unprecedented times. ENC has a very good understanding and insight into the challenges that affect businesses and workers in our diverse community, and this partnership will give us the ability to positively engage with employers with regard to their changing needs around staffing and business operation.” 

To contact Michelle email michelle.becks007@msd.govt.nz or phone 0292511280.