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Published Friday 18 Aug 2017

The health workers of the future were out in force to find out about the opportunities on offer at the region’s hospitals.

Around 130 young people converged on Capital & Coast DHB’s JOBfest stand to learn about how they might be able to embark on a career in healthcare.

Organised by Youth2Work – a partnership between Porirua City Council and community organisation Partners Porirua – JOBfest links employers with local students and young job seekers.

“As a healthcare provider it’s really important that we employ staff who reflect our communities, and who are knowledgeable and sensitive to our patients’ cultural needs,” said director of Pacific people’s health and manager for child & youth health Taima Fagaloa.

“Porirua has a large – and growing – Māori and Pacific population, and it’s really great to be able to recruit staff from within the very communities that we serve.”

The DHB has a number of entry-level vacancies and encouraged JOBfest attendees to apply if they are considering a career in health.

“It’s important for young people to know their next step after secondary school – whether it’s entering study, or starting a job.

“That’s what JOBfest is about for us – helping young people choose an area of study, or highlighting job opportunities that can set them on the path to a career in health.”

Image: CCDHB chief executive Debbie Chin, Porirua city counsellor and CCDHB boardmember Ana Coffey and Compass Health’s Ranei Wineera-Parai talk health careers with jobseekers Maxwell and April

Media contact: Chas Te Runa – 027 230 9571