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Once again it is the trades keeping the Western Bay's job market going strong.
Trade Me yesterday released its quarterly job statistics, which showed there had been a 61 per cent increase in listings in the Western Bay and a 13 per cent increase in Tauranga year-on-year. While the number of listings had increased, the number of people applying for the jobs was down 27 per cent in the Western Bay and 5 per cent in Tauranga.
Ati Aaifou-Olive, branch manager of Key Skills Recruitment in Tauranga, said construction was leading the way in the region and a shortage of qualified applicants meant the recruitment agency was looking to new ways to meet demand.
"Our company is looking at setting up a youth careers programme. We're going to get into training - instead of complaining, we're going to do something about it."
Mr Aaifou-Olive said he was going around colleges to talk about the opportunities in the industrial sectors as one way to address the trades shortage, which he thought was not going to end any time soon.
"If I had the people now, they would have jobs tomorrow. I've even been struggling to get drivers, the people with the right attitudes that want to stay in the career. These days, they've got to get their NCEA levels and go to study.
"We want to get those kids that have the attitude for an apprenticeship, those who have the potential but haven't really reached that qualification yet. You used to be able to walk into a building site or engineering shop and if you showed the right attitude, you'd be in an apprenticeship right away."