Wed 25 Nov 2020

Employment Essentials

International students who attended the Employment Essentials Lunch last week came away with plenty of job hunting advice and a free ‘Taranaki Work-ready Toolkit’.

The successful event was hosted by WITT in collaboration key organisations and people in the region, and was aimed at assisting international students to make the most of employment opportunities in Taranaki. 

The students had the chance to ask questions of Venture Taranaki’s Talent Advisor Rachael Berndt, Taranaki Chamber of Commerce Employment Project Coordinator Brad Kisby and Immigration Advisor Caroline Peri.

WITT’s Industry Placement & Employment Coordinator Jo Syme said it was good for students to learn more about the kind of jobs that are out there and where to look. 

“It’s great to hear that in many sectors the employment market locally is still buoyant,” she said.

“There are many jobs available, both advertised and unadvertised, and it is a matter of putting effort into each application to ensure the student’s skills, attributes and experience shine through.”

Venture Taranaki panellist Rachael Berndt said the students asked some great questions, adding that it was a pleasure to work alongside partner agencies.

WITT works with local employers in a number of ways, including connecting businesses with potential employees.  Employers who have fulltime, part-time or holiday job vacancies can contact WITT to promote opportunities to students and recent or upcoming graduates. Contact Jo Syme on

Pictured L-R: Venture Taranaki’s Rachael Berndt, Taranaki Chamber of Commerce's Brad Kisby, Immigration Advisor Caroline Peri and WITT's Jo Syme.