NorthTec pop-up shop in Whangārei town centre

3 February 2020

NorthTec pop-up shop in Whangārei town centre


NorthTec has opened a pop-up shop in Whangārei town centre, as part of the JobLab initiative. It will help potential students have all questions answered and enrol in one of over 100 different qualifications.

The temporary shop at The Strand, Cameron Street, will be open until 28th February, Monday – Friday from 10am – 4pm. NZ Certificate in Painting and Decorating Level 4 students are currently painting the shop, as an opportunity  for hands-on practical work while they’re studying.

Current student Zion Sylvester said gaining this experience while studying is a great opportunity. “I love being able to get out there and train on the job and work with my hands. Employers are looking for people with practical experience and so it’s great we get that at NorthTec.”

Jesse Laurenson, NorthTec Enrolment Officer, says the pop-up shop at JobLab has been hugely successful for NorthTec.

“We’ve had many enrolments and enquiries about a range of programmes. We’ve talked to hundreds of people and had conversations about the different opportunities available at NorthTec, different study paths and career goals. It’s awesome to see The Strand feeling more interactive and vibrant because of the initiative of JobLab.”

JobLab is an innovative employment activation hub designed to help employers showcase their business and connect with potential employees. The initiative is a partnership between NorthChamber and Ministry of Social Development. It is produced by Strandlab partner AwhiWorld as well as local events company Snap Events.

Shona Gavin, Manager Strategy & Performance, says NorthTec is delighted to be involved in the initiative. “JobLab offers the people of Whangārei a variety of opportunities, and brings together the collaboration of regional business networks to improve outcomes for Te Tai Tokerau, which is of great importance to NorthTec.”

Eru Lyndon, Regional Commissioner at Ministry of Social Development, says the primary goal of Joblab is to empower both the people of Whangārei and Whangārei employers.

“Northland is growing and it’s important for our people to grow with the region. JobLab is connecting business leaders to the Whangarei people - unravelling opportunities that are at our fingertips. Showing our people what career prospects lie beneath the surface in Northland, while showing them how to get there.”

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Image: NZ Certificate in Painting and Decorating Level 4 students painting NorthTec pop-up shop in Whangārei town centre​