Duncan O'Keefe (front) and Tony Doake, were in Dunedin to
recruit infrastructure workers for the rebuilding of
Christchurch. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
Pssst buddy, want a job?
Dozens of Dunedin jobseekers have signed up to rebuild the
civil infrastructure of earthquake-damaged Christchurch, with
hundreds more wanted.
Representatives from the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure
Rebuild Team (Scirt) visited Dunedin recently to recruit
civil infrastructure workers.
Recruits, providing they have at least a restricted driver's
licence and could pass a drug test, would study towards a
free civil infrastructure level two polytechnic course before
getting a guaranteed job and continuous on-site training with
Providers include Downer, Fletcher, Fulton Hogan, McConnell
Dowell and CityCare, with participants bonded for a two-year
''We are after 900 to 1000 workers, at this stage,'' Duncan
O'Keefe, of Scirt, said.
In addition to the free polytech course and guaranteed job,
participants would be given a living allowance.
However, they would have to find their own accommodation, Mr
About 2000 people aged between 16 and 70 had registered to
date, including about 30 Dunedin jobseekers.