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9 November 2017 - A mayoral comment of national television has sparked a Mid Canterbury jobs initiative.
Ashburton Mayor Donna Favel mentioned in an interview with Duncan Garner that more workers were needed in Ashburton.
She was asked for an 0800 number for work in Ashburton and said there was none - and her office became a temporary employment office.
Mrs Favel said her comments were based on consistent messages from Ashburton employers.
After the interview, she was contacted by the Ministry for Social Development (MSD), requesting details of firms seeking staff.
On Monday, MSD regional commissioner for social development, John Henderson, and staff came to Ashburton and met Mrs Favel, deputy mayor Neil Brown, councillors Russell Ellis and Leen Braam and Malcolm Wallace, Talleys, Jonathan Ward, Wilson Bulk Transport, Gary Casey, ACL, Nathan Currie, Federated Farmers, Bernie Marra and Jane Harnett, Ashburton Hospital, and Ashburton College principal
Ross Preece.
The employers told of the trouble they had getting staff - and the difficulty of prospective employees getting a driver licence was a key issue, and the lack of public transport.
MSD mentioned its Limited Service Volunteer Programme, Work Sector Programme and Workbridge.
Mrs Favel said economic development was on the council agenda in December and the college intended to investigate initiatives to help young drivers get their licences.
There are 257 people registered in Ashburton as jobseekers and the unemployment rate is 2.1 per cent against a national level of 4.6 per cent.
Employers seeking staff or that have positions available can call the MSD hotline on 0800 778 008. 


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