900 new jobs for Christchurch rebuild
Thu, 01 Nov 2012 6:11p.m.
By Annabelle Tukia
The Government has guaranteed 900 new jobs by next year to help with the Christchurch rebuild.
Workers are desperately needed to fix quake-damaged roads and pipes, but with accommodation at a premium they could end up living in hostels or at homestays.
Christchurch's roads have been a bumpy mess since the quakes. There are roadworks everywhere with over 1,000km needig to be resealed and have underground pipes replaced.
It's a mammoth task that the Government says it can't do alone, and today it launched an incentive scheme to attract new workers to the city.
“Through the programme, SCIRT [Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team] and the industrial providers will provide training for a range of courses between six and 14 weeks, and the people who pick up that training will be guaranteed a job as a result of their participation in the programme,” says Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Gerry Brownlee.
Mr Brownlee says they hope to have 900 people in the program by next year.
“We've got the traffic control-type work which is ideal for people who are less physical, we've got physical work - the labouring type work, there’s plant operation, there’s health and safety,” says Duncan Gibb of SCIRT.
The concern though is where the influx of workers will live and stay. With rents rising and houses hard to come by, Chamber of Commerce chairman Peter Townsend says workers will have to consider sharing accommodation.
“We need to look at housing accommodation, we need to look at hostels, we need to look at homestays, maybe look if people who've had damaged houses want to spend a little more money than their insurance money taking on a boarder,” says Mr Townsend.
With Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce committing $28 million to train builders, plumbers and electricians the race will be on for both the jobs and a place to stay.
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3/01/2013 6:40:55 p.m.
Why not employ the 120 hillside workers made redundant at christmas.
6/12/2012 4:30:38 p.m.
Ken Bearsley wrote:
I have my class 2 & 4 licences My partner Char has warehousing experience. Will our stupid government help us relocate from auckland to christchurch?! I bet they wont. How do we get work when no one is prepaired to help us? All we want is to work, pay our taxs & bring up our kids out of auckland.
4/11/2012 4:13:15 p.m.
Can i also get a list of the training course,and a contact thanks
3/11/2012 9:24:31 a.m.
timothy chambers wrote:
who do we contact about this. i want to do it
2/11/2012 8:52:18 p.m.
where can we get more information on this. job and training listings and ofcourse is it minimun wage?
2/11/2012 7:20:36 a.m.
Winn Renison wrote:
I live in Christchurch , did a Heatpump course at SIT, completed a EAS and EST electrical course as well as magnetism (50% of First year electrician). I have also done a list of first aid, H&S courses including train the trainer, and the list goes on. I can not get a job in Christchurch because I am 56 years old and nobody gives apprenticeships to old people, despite the thousands of dollars I and government subsidies spent on my training ????? 0210688827 from the 12/11/12 because I am working 12 hour security nightshifts next week at $14 per hour to get food on the table!!!
1/11/2012 10:01:13 p.m.
Where can I find out more about these jobs. Especially electricians?
1/11/2012 8:19:50 p.m.
Lets see now how many have lost fulltime jobs under this govt? And how many times does 900 go into that? I guess its a start but not exactly the thousands touted by Brownlee for the ChCh rebuild. Still not getting the numbers correct National. Another case of creative accounting I think
1/11/2012 7:59:35 p.m.
At $10. 80 an hour? Wooohooo.
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