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Promoting trades as a career path has become a focus for Thompson to encourage our young people to consider this as a future pathway.  Making connections through school visits has provided opportunity to convey our message over recent months.
Working in trades has been financially rewarding for those turning their hand, whether by working for yourself, or working within the team of an existing business, there has been plenty of opportunity as demand for these skills remains strong.

Further to promoting the work life opportunity, we also have been a keen sponsor of the SC Business Excellence Awards to assist in creating an event to showcase local business. 
This event has gone from strength to strength over recent years and we thoroughly encourage businesses to enter in the future and have an opportunity to share their experiences.
Through involvement in events such as these, we are able to share opportunities and encourage our people to stay local and invest in South Canterbury. 

News Business is booming

The first business in a new Timaru complex has opened in a part of town a developer says is "growing and has huge potential".
Robert Harris has opened at the retail development at 209 Hilton Highway, on the former Seedlands site, at the turnoff to Pleasant Point on State Highway 1.
The first tenant of the complex, its franchisee Brendon Soal​ said he, and wife Maxine, had chosen to open the cafe at the site because of the growth in the area.

The development has been overseen by Hilton Nominees Ltd. The group's chairman Ken Buckingham said Washdyke was "a growing area with huge potential".
Another touting the area's potential is Alpine Energy chief executive Andrew Tombs who has seen Washdyke grow extensively over the past few years.Proof of this was in the "several million dollars" the company has spent, installing four new high-voltage, underground electrical cable circuits to guarantee energy security to the ever-expanding industrial enclave in Washdyke this year.
The company also has several parcels of land to lease in Washdyke which he was confident would be leased within the next few years "given the level of enquiries" into them, he said.

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News Timaru high schools

Millions of dollars are being spent at Timaru high schools as classrooms, gymnasiums and a foyer undergo refurbishment.
Timaru Girls' High School will have two new modern learning environments and is refurbishing its gymnasium, while Craighead Diocesan School is gaining a new gymnasium, field and outdoor area, and technology learning centre.
Timaru Boys' High School has a new entrance way to its main office and is looking to develop several classrooms later this term.

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