Moves to link young professionals in region

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By NICOLE SHARP
Two proactive Central Otago young professionals have joined forces to create networking opportunities for young people in the district.

Rose Hammington and Sarah Davidson, who both work for the Central Otago District Council, have created the Central Otago Young Professionals forum.

Miss Hammington said the pair saw an opportunity for young professionals in Central Otago to network.

She had moved to Alexandra at the beginning of this year for her job and had noticed there were not a lot of opportunities for young professionals in the area.

Miss Davidson was originally from Central Otago and returned to the district after she finished studying two years ago.

On a trip back to her home town of Invercargill, Miss Hammington attended the young professionals ball and thought Central Otago would benefit from the same type of group.

Miss Davidson said they first set up a Facebook page two weeks ago, where they had received a great response.

“We’re really excited at the response.”

They believed there was a reputation in Central Otago that there were not a lot of young professionals in the region.

“Working here at council we have dealt with young professionals around the area . . . there’s obviously a lot around the area,” Miss Davidson said.

Young professionals who were in the first 15 years of employment and under the age of 35 were encouraged to come along to the first get together on September 30.

“We want a range of people to come along, builders, plumbers, a whole range of people,” Miss Davidson said.

It will be held at Monteiths, starting at 6pm with a guest speaker.