CPIT graduates ready to help with rebuild effort

03:17, Apr 10 2013
CPIT graduates
NEWLY QUALIFIED: CPIT students attend their graduation at the CBS Arena.

Newly trained Christchurch rebuild workers will soon hit the workforce.

The first graduates from the Pasifika Trades Training carpentry programme and bachelor of engineering technology degree at the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology attended a graduation ceremony on Thursday.

Trades and engineering students have been specifically trained for the Christchurch rebuild.

Tutors have used damaged buildings, demolitions and construction sites as a living classroom.

Engineering students spent last year studying the central city Bus Exchange, looking at various components of the design.

Fraser McDougall, 22, graduated with a bachelor degree in civil engineering technology. He already works for BMC Engineering. All of his classmates have also secured jobs.

McDougall, a national heli-skiing representative, said CPIT allowed him to fit his hectic sports schedule around his study.

More than 1500 students graduated from CPIT.

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