Newly established Young Professionals Group could help address SC skills shortage

A newly formed group for young professionals could potentially help address South Canterbury's ongoing skills shortage, one of its organisers says. Many businesses within South Canterbury have in recent years cited the skills shortage - a lack of people available to take up roles within various organisations, as prohibiting them from expanding.

The idea for a group for young professionals was sparked by businesses which were members of the Professionals Business Connection Group, established by Aoraki Development.

These businesses identified retaining young professionals as a key issue for them and believed helping the young professionals get established with social connections was critical to getting them to stay longer in the district.

The new group, South Canterbury Young Professionals, held its launch event at the Landing Services Building on Friday night.

Timpany Walton lawyer and one of the event's organisers, Tom Nation, said the event went well, with about 180 people attending.

Nation believed the group might help keep people in South Canterbury a little bit longer than they might have done, even if that was only for a year or two, by providing them with social connections. "Have some good mates and some good times," he said.

Read the article in the Timaru Herald online.

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