Business and job seekers benefit from Roadshow

Maree Coast Connect WEB

Around 40 local business owners, job seekers and students made the most of the first information session in Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s (TPP’s) West Coast Training and Employment Roadshow this week.

TPP, along with Development West Coast, the Ministry of Social Development, Department of Conservation and representatives of the civil construction and primary industries are touring the West Coast to talk directly with people about study and job opportunities.

The Roadshow kicked‐off in Greymouth this week, and will be visiting Hokitika, Hari Hari, Franz Josef, Westport, Karamea and Reefton over the next couple of weeks.

TPP Leader – Engagement Mequa Hourston says it was great to have so many people at the first session. “It was a really good opportunity to talk about what’s going on around the region, for us to outline some of the new free training options now available and for other organisations to talk about opportunities for job seekers and employers.”

Feedback from those attending was positive and people were encouraged to attend upcoming sessions.

Roger Devlin, owner of RB Devlin Auto Electrical, said the Greymouth info session was the “most beneficial” he’d attended at TPP.

“I found the information very valuable and it was a very well conducted event. I was disappointed there weren’t even more business people in the room as I feel business owners would have benefited from attending.”

Tania Washer, Development West Coast Upskill Project Manager, said the Roadshow was a good opportunity to collaborate with the community.

“It was a fantastic networking opportunity where we could all hear about upcoming training options at TPP and employment initiatives throughout the West Coast. Already, directly from Tuesday night’s roadshow I have met with several business owners with a view to supporting them with funding for staff development. Together we are all working towards providing support and creating new job opportunities and develop business here on the West Coast.”

The Roadshow aims to reach as many West Coasters as possible by travelling to various towns and centres. Students, businesses, employers and job seekers will be able to listen to and talk with all of these training and employment agencies at the one time, with information available about job opportunities and the skills needed to fill employment gaps in the region. The stakeholder sessions include:

  • An overview of new training options available
  • Details of what’s included in free training options under the Government’s Trades and Apprenticeships Training Package
  • How TPP can work with local businesses to offer new training opportunities
  • TPP’s new ways of working as part of the NZ Institute of Skills and Technology – and what this means for access to more training options on the West Coast.
  • Speakers from Coast Connect, DWC and MSD on opportunities and support for our region.
  • Opportunities to speak with TPP, DWC and MSD staff about individual and business needs postlockdown and talk about options for support.

Remaining sessions are:

Stakeholder Info Session – Monday 3rd August

Grey Power Rooms
Starts: 5:30PM

Hari Hari
Combined School / Community Event – Tuesday 4th August

South Westland Area School
Starts: 1:00PM

Franz Josef
Stakeholder Session – Tuesday 4th August

King Tiger
Starts: 6:00PM

Stakeholder Info Session – Monday 10th August

Tai Poutini Polytechnic Westport Campus
Starts: 5:30PM

Combined School / Community event – Tuesday 11th August

Karamea Area School
Starts: 1:00PM

Stakeholder Info Session – Dates to be confirmed

See for more info or call 0800 800 411.


For more information contact:

Mequa Hourston, Leader – Engagement
DDI: 03 7699 405 | Mobile: 027 237 5844 | email: