Rebuild contractors recruit in capital

The "For Real" careers bus for the Canterbury infrastructure rebuild has been sent north along with most of the large contractors to meet potential Wellington recruits for Christchurch's rebuild.

Recruiters from most of the large rebuild contractors including Arrow International, Fletcher Building, Fulton Hogan, and City Care will today meet recent graduates of WelTec and Whitireia polytechnics.

WelTec spokeswoman Caryn Ellis said she hoped there would be "a couple of hundred" graduates there. The courses had wound up within the last month or so, she said.

"They've got their qualifications, they are all good to go, definitely."

The students had been encouraged to look to the Christchurch rebuild for work, if they had not already, she said.

Nothing beat meeting the employers in person and being able to ask questions, she said.

The graduates include electrical, mechanical and civil engineers and tradespeople, and those from the Pasifika Trades Scholarship programme, she said.

WelTec and Whitireia were the largest trades training organisation in the central North Island so it made sense for Christchurch firms in need of workers to make the trip to see them, she said.

A Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team spokesman said the bus had been supposed to be holed up in Christchurch until after Christmas, but it was sent north to help the recruitment drive which was organised by the contractors and the Ministry of Education.

"It's been on the road pretty well nonstop since [the For Real recruitment drive] started, but it was scheduled to have a week in Christchurch," he said.

"We put the logistics in place . . . because the bus gives the event a focal point."

The event will go all day at WelTec's Petone campus. Graduates have exclusive access from 10am till 2pm, with the public able to meet the employers from 2pm till 4.30pm.