The New Zealand Immigration Minister Nathan Guy has joined his cabinet colleague, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett, in announcing the establishment of the Christchurch Skills and Employment Hub.
The Hub will be based in Christchurch.
Four 'skills brokers' will help to match job vacancies with workers seeking
employment. Where there are no New Zealand citizens who are able and willing to
fill any vacancy, Hub staff will help international talent to step in. the Hub
is expected to 'go live' in November 2012.
The New Zealand government
is accelerating the process of rebuilding the city of Christchurch after the
devastating earthquake of February 2011. Much of the city was devastated and the
rebuild will be by far the biggest infrastructure project in New Zealand
The rebuild has already been hampered by a lack of available
skilled tradesmen. Employers have complained of a lack of skilled workers
available in many trades. Many residents left the city after the earthquake so
reducing the number of available workers who can help with the rebuilding. In
addition, the sheer scale of the project means that there are not enough workers
The Hub will match available workers with job vacancies.
Four 'skills brokers' will be based in Christchurch. A website will also
advertise positions and there will be coordination between government
departments and agencies. For example, the Hub will liaise with Work and Income,
the New Zealand unemployment agency. Where there are no available and suitable
New Zealand workers able to fill a role, the skills brokers will assist overseas
applicants in finding positions and in completing visa
Mr Guy said 'this will give New Zealanders the first
crack at jobs in the rebuild and save employers' time if they have to apply to
Immigration for a work visa for new staff'.
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