Publish date: 22/07/2020

A series of workshops to be held in North Canterbury will focus on supporting employees facing redundancy due to Covid-19 and will provide key information on options and opportunities for reemployment, financial assistance and training.

The workshops – dubbed ‘Keeping North Canterbury Working’ – are being held by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD), Enterprise North Canterbury (ENC) and the Hurunui and Waimakariri District Councils. The workshops came about following a series of redundancy seminars at workplaces throughout the region. The positive feedback and response to these seminars resulted in MSD partnering with local councils to open the information up to the wider community.

MSD Rangiora Work Broker and ENC Employment Specialist Michelle Becks says, “Many businesses and their employees are facing a very tough time post-Covid. We acknowledge that losing a job can be a very unsettling time and we are therefore working with local businesses and affected workers by providing information and support.”

“We’ve seen some great success stories come out of our seminars to date and we hope there will be more to come as we invite people to the workshops.”

Michelle says one such success story saw was a local man, Paul (last name withheld), who gained a new role off the back of an MSD redundancy seminar at his workplace.

“Paul took the opportunity to approach me following the seminar to discuss job options,” explains Michelle.

“I identified that Paul would be a great candidate for a current local vacancy we had in a similar field and asked Paul to forward me his CV. He was then connected with Rangiora Work Broker Brent Robinson who saw that Paul had some excellent transferrable skills and would be a good fit for the vacancy. Paul started his new job three weeks later.”

Paul says the opportunity saved him having to list with a recruitment agency and allowed him to stay in a local job with even better hours than his previous role. “It’s given me peace of mind knowing that I don’t have to worry about securing a job in a tight labour market,” he said.  

The MSD Workshops will kick off on Tuesday, August 4 in Amberley and continue at various locations in the Hurunui District throughout the month. Waimakariri workshops will follow. The workshops are free to attend and will provide information on financial assistance, job searches, employment and training with an emphasis on wellbeing and support around the emotional impact of redundancy. View the MSD flyer for more information including a full list of Hurunui workshop dates, locations and how to register. View the Waimakariri workshop information here.

Pictured L-R: Brent Robinson (MSD), Michelle Becks (MSD & ENC), Paul (successful jobseeker).