Although the rest of the country seems to be concerned with the sustainability of future employment, the underwhelming turnout at a recent careers roadshow in Kaikoura may signal that it is not a big issue locally.
The big black truck, complete with rows of television screens and a couple of very helpful men, spent the morning in West End carpark on Friday hoping to encourage people in to find out what career opportunities there are in Christchurch.
The bus was visited by a total of nine people, with just one person taking up the chance to register.
However, more than 900 people have registered since the truck has been touring around the South Island and it is likely many of them will end up with fulltime employment in Christchurch. The recruitment drive is specifically for drainage and roading before building construction begins.
Applicants are given full on-site training, usually between six and 10 weeks, which will lead to level two NCEA credits. The training fees are paid for and they will also receive a living allowance. Once trained, they are virtually guaranteed a fulltime job with the rebuild.
Anyone who missed the opportunity of visiting the truck can apply at the website, chchfor real.co.nz, or text ‘real' to 5885.
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