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City Council supports Workchoice Day

9 May 2007

Sixty secondary school students will visit the Christchurch City Council on Tuesday 15 May to learn about career opportunities within the areas of engineering and planning.

Six groups of 10 students will visit the Council as part of Workchoice Day gaining an insight into these two important areas of local government operation and the key role this work plays in shaping the future of our community.

Council Human Resources General Manager Philippa Jones says Workchoice Day is an ideal opportunity for the Council to promote the areas where there are skill shortages, as well as some really exciting career opportunities.

“Working in local government is a richly rewarding career. Often secondary school students are not aware of the wealth of job opportunities and careers that are available in local government.

“At the Christchurch City Council, our focus is very much on providing and supporting career opportunities for our staff. This is important as we work towards becoming a world-class organisation.”

Ms Jones says Workchoice Day acknowledges the key role secondary school students have in our future workforce and also begins to build relationships that promote greater understanding of the work the Council does in the community.

Held annually, Workchoice Day has been operational since 1994. Its focus is on easing the transition of youth from school, enabling them to make informed career decisions. More than 100,000 students have taken part.

Staff from City Environment, Strategy & Planning, and the Capital Programme Group will spent 90 minutes with each group enabling students to gather first-hand knowledge and share experiences of people employed in their field of interest.



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