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Growth = Opportunities for the Manawatu

Growth = Opportunities for the Manawatu

The Manawatu Gorge replacement route, the Regional Freight Ring Road, KiwiRail relocation and development at Ohakea and MidCentral are just a couple of the substantial projects planned for the region until 2030. There has never been a better time to consider a move to the Manawatu, or even consider a career change to take advantage of these opportunities.

300 – 500 jobs are expected to be required to work on the Manawatu Gorge Rd, and, according to Craig Nash from Accelerate 25, the project will be the largest civil construction in NZ.

Craig Nash was just one of the speakers at the presentation by the Manawatu Chamber of Commerce Monday night. He was joined by Peter Crawford - PNCC, Stacey Bell - MDC, Margaret Kouvelis - Talent Central, Dean Williamson - Manfeild National Driver Training Centre and Lindsay Tamblyn - UCOL.

The construction projects and commercial investment bring with it the need for workers, particularly tradespeople, from general labourers and traffic managers to skilled operators (diggers, forklifts, trucks) and specialised tradespeople, engineers, foreman and project managers.

Ever wanted to drive a truck?  It was estimated 2800 truck drivers would be required every year for the next 10 years.  As part of this need, the Labour Government’s Provincial Growth Fund announced $2.8 million to establish a National Driver Training Centre at Manfeild Park, catering for everything from Class 1 through to Class 5 and specialised areas such as defence and civil construction.

Also recognising the need for training, Margaret Kouvelis (Talent Central) and Lindsay Tamblyn (UCOL) discussed progression pathways and training for students, with a number of UCOL courses specifically designed to provide trades qualifications.

If you have been considering changing career, or upskilling in a particular area, now is the time to consider a particular trade.  

At pnpersonnel we have seen a consistent demand throughout the year, particularly for qualified tradespeople, and currently demand outweighs supply. 

It is not just the construction and logistics industry we expect opportunity to arise from, the increase in jobs equals an expectation to attract more people to Palmerston North and the wider area, which will boost a number of industries across our region such as general construction and hospitality.

If you live outside of the Manawatu region, it’s a great time to consider relocating.  If you reside in the region, perhaps now is the time to consider a career change, upskilling or talking to us regarding the next step in your career.

Growth is happening now, we hope you will join us for the ride.  

Matt Smout

Matt Smout

Having extensive experience as an end to end recruiter, account manager, people leader and in business development – Matt has excellent knowledge of the 360-degree recruitment process and how to partner to understand your business and add real value.

Passionate about what he does Matt gets a real buzz from getting to know his client’s business and assisting their growth by providing tailored talent solutions.

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PO Box 594, Palmerston North 4440


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