Jobseekers pack Wellington airport jobs fair


Job seekers have packed the Wellington Airport job fair to look for vacancies in the aviation industry.

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Job seekers have packed the Wellington Airport job fair to look for vacancies in the aviation industry.

More than 500 jobseekers turned up at Wellington Airport’s first job fair since the pandemic began on Saturday in hopes of locking down one of over 200 vacancies in the airline industry.

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One of the hopes was Sabrina Emi, who is studying Aviation Management at Massey University and has traveled from Palmerston North to look for a position in safety or security.

“They have more job opportunities here,” she said. “They don’t have many jobs in Palmerston North.”

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The job fair was attended by 17 exhibitors, including airlines, retailers, border guards, hospitality, car rental companies and the airport company itself.

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Around 15 candidates have applied for the three positions on Wellington Airport’s operations team, with the company’s operations manager Matthew Palliser saying levels are similar to those before the pandemic.

“The airport is a popular place to work – it’s tempting to come to the airport and travel,” he said.

Palliser also said it was good to hold a job fair because they could see candidates face to face and fill the shortage by increasing domestic flight capacity to pre-Covid levels.

Airlines, airport operators and car rental companies were among the exhibitors at the job fair.

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Airlines, airport operators and car rental companies were among the exhibitors at the job fair.

“There’s nothing like meeting people and talking to them about our roles,” he said. “The job fair was a success because it created that interpersonal space that you don’t get from looking at a resume via email.”

Air New Zealand has also been inundated with applications for its 30 customer-facing positions, such as check-in clerks, and 40 back-of-house positions, such as baggage handlers and cleaners.

The airline’s on-job trainer Jason Tia said it was good to see people coming back through the door because they needed more hands on deck when flights resumed.

His colleague, senior manager for Wellington Rochelle Tangye, said it was the first in a long time that full-time positions would be offered externally and that most on-site interviews for back-of-house roles were successful.

Air New Zealand plans to hire 70 ground workers in Wellington.

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Air New Zealand plans to hire 70 ground workers in Wellington.

“It’s been amazing getting people to come to this job fair and actually pull out talent that we might not otherwise see,” she said.

Tangye also said interest in her vacancies was widespread, with applicants ranging from school leavers to retirees looking to return to the labor market.

Wellington Airport’s Pallisner said the job fair had been a success and they had had great feedback from both applicants and exhibitors and another could be planned in the future if needed.



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