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Seeking businesses and volunteer groups for the 2019 Business and Careers Expo

11 June 2019

Last year we had almost 1000 people from across the Coromandel - from school students to business owners - at our Business and Careers Expo.


And this year we'd love to have the same amazing turn-out - which is why we're now seeking new enthusiastic local businesses and volunteer organisations to showcase the number of opportunities available on the Coromandel - to school leavers, job seekers, university graduates and interns.

The 2019 Business and Careers Expo will be held on Thursday 8 August at the Thames Civic Centre this year from 9am - 2.30pm.

"This is a chance to educate people about job opportunities and lifestyle pursuits that happen on the Coromandel," says Thames-Coromandel District Mayor Sandra Goudie.

"It's also about showcasing career options and possible pathways available on the Coromandel," says Mayor Sandra.

“We also want to show our support for people trying to enter the workforce and help steer them in the right direction," she says.

Last year about 200 businesses and volunteer organisations had stands at the Expo, using engaging and interactive tools and activities to promote what they do.

Some interesting stands from last year included Higgins and their virtual digger (pictured right), Read Bros demonstrating nail banging, and the Fire Brigade with "save the person’s life" activities.

Registration is a must. So if you are interested in exhibiting, participating or sponsoring this event, please contact:

Marlene Perry;  or call: 027 703 0263

The Expo is organised by CAN DO, a group of volunteers who joined forces after a youth employment function that was held at the Thames Toyota plant back in April 2015.

The CAN DO team can work with exhibitors to include some hands-on activities or displays that will interest attendees, so we’d love to hear from anyone willing to showcase what they do.

Every year CAN DO also offers a number of free workshops for people wanting to get their driving licences. CAN DO is one of the many services that is increasing employment opportunities in our region.  The CAN DO programme is run by the Thames Community Centre and is very successful with an 89% first time pass rate, compared to a 53% national first time pass rate.