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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 their contractor.
Providers include Downer, Fletcher, Fulton Hogan, McConnell Dowell and CityCare, with participants bonded for a two-year period.
''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 O'Keefe said.
About 2000 people aged between 16 and 70 had registered to date, including about 30 Dunedin jobseekers.