WIDE FIELD OF SERVICE
THE CONTACT CENTRE
JOBS FOR RETURNED PERSONNEL Not only returned men and women but also employers of labour are making calls on the Services Commercial' Contact Centre, R.S.A. Buildings, High Street, on matters relating to the rehabilitation of Service personnel, and according to the latest report issued by the chief executive officer, Mr. C. J. Aitken, in the previous four weeks 334 ex-servicemen, woman and employers had visited the centre. During four weeks 45 men and women had been placed in employment and business advice given and contacts arranged for a further 57 men. Since the centre was established by the business community for the re-establishment of service men and women, 314 had been placed in employment, 13G self-placed and 208 had sought . advice regarding business, etc., and been finalised.
The services rendered by the centre embrace a very wide field. The following five cases were among dozens handled in the last week of July, and give some idea of how valuable the centre is proving to ex-servicemen who are very appreciative of what is being done on their behalf.
Two soldiers wanted to know how to protect their interests in regard to articles they had manufactured, and which they thought should be patented. The required information was furnished and the necessary contacts supplied. A soldier in business wanted a particular type of work bench made. He could state orally what he required, but could not put his ideas on paper. He required a draughtsman who could draw to scale his requirements, and thus enable him to get the bencn built. The draughtsman was supplied.
A returned servicemen in the Military Annexe who had written some short stories wanted to meet someone who could criticise his work, and give advice. Before the war he was farming, and only started story writing after entering the Army. He had won first prize in a competition sponsored by the N.Z.E.F. Times for the best short story written by a member of the N.Z.E.F., and now intends to take up writing. Arrangements were made for a qualified man to visit him in hospital, and he will now get all the assistance he requires.
An ex-serviceman under manpower direction wrote asking the centre's help to get into touch with a foot specialist who would be prepared to train him to become a chiropodist. The ex-service-man had been a hospital orderly and had become interested in chiropody. He could undertake the training only in the evening or Saturday mornings. The centre was successful in obtaining the services of a specialist to give him the required training, which has already commenced. The foot specialist is one of the best men in the profession, and is giving up his evenings in order to assist the ex-service-man.
Ex-servicemen's business discussion groups have been established under the auspices of the rehabilitation committee of the Auckland Junior Chamber of Commerce. The groups are for ex-service-men who have recently commenced, or who propose to go into business for the first time on their own account. The groups are also available to those who wish to improve their position with their present employers. Members of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce take an active interest in the scheme, and the tutors comprise some of the best business brains in Auckland.
An important feature of these groups is that the men will meet and get to know men. with similar Interests to their own, and they will also get to know personally important executives of this city to whom they can turn should occasion arise.
The members of the Junior Chamber are to be commended for the keen and active interest they are taking in the affairs of returned servicemeD-
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WIDE FIELD OF SERVICE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 180, 1 August 1945
WIDE FIELD OF SERVICE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 180, 1 August 1945
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