Hon Willie Jackson
Minister of Employment
11 April 2019 PĀNUI PĀPĀHO
A new skills assessment tool looking at innovative ways to identify talent and bridge the gap between job seekers and
employers was launched today by Employment Minister Willie Jackson.
“In a constantly evolving labour market and at a time of critical skills and talent shortages across a range of
industries, finding the perfect candidate for a job can be a complex and onerous task for employers”, Willie Jackson
The Skills Assessment Tool is a world-first initiative launched with Trade Me Jobs, the Ministry of Social Development
and Joy Business Academy. The Skills Assessment combines online job-hunting and gamified learning to simplify the
process and enable employers to benchmark skills and personality attributes, while helping Job seekers to identify their
strengths and define career choices.
“This Skills Assessment provides an alternative to CVs which is the current norm, and prioritises personality and skills
over IQ or experience. These results allow employers to dive much deeper into a candidates core attributes, so that they
can make good recruitment choices.
“I want to acknowledge the three partners, Trade Me, Ministry of Social Development and Joy Business Academy for coming
together to create an innovative approach to matching employers and employees”, Willie Jackson said.
Note to the Editor
For more information on how the Skills Assessment Tool works, click here
to watch this 5 minute demonstration.