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Survey To Determine Canterbury Skills Issues

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2 September 2008 - A Canterbury Development Corporation survey starting today should help determine the issues for skilled labour in Canterbury.

CDC Youth Employment Manager Simon Worthington has engaged Christchurch firm Research First Ltd to survey 800 businesses in greater Christchurch to get more information on what's happening in workplaces.

"We're looking to create the most in-depth picture of skill shortages in Christchurch," Mr Worthington says. "We're keen to see if what's happening out there is more about skills or labour shortages. This is crucial baseline information which will hopefully provide a starting point for a meaningful annual survey," he says.

Sectors being surveyed include Information and Communications Technology (ICT), agriculture, business & property services, manufacturing, construction, and health & community.

"We've heard a lot anecdotally about how hard it is to get the right people - we want to know also what businesses are doing to attract and keep staff. We want Canterbury to be as competitive and dynamic as possible within all areas, so we can collectively have more productive working lives," Mr Worthington says.

Post-graduate students from Canterbury University have been employed by Research First to carry out the surveys, which should be completed within a fortnight.

CDC expects to have a report back by mid-October.

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