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Careers support for Canterbury
Find out about work and training options in Canterbury, and which jobs are in shortage in the region.
Get help finding work
Regional Job Matcher
You can use our Regional Job Matcher tool to help you find Canterbury vacancies that match your skills.
Other job hunting help
Our website also has information on job search techniques and interview skills that can help you with your search.
Canterbury Skills and Employment Hub
The Canterbury Skills and Employment Hub is a government-run service that connects job seekers with Canterbury employers who have vacancies. At the moment, the service is focused on construction vacancies, but it will cover a wide range of sectors as demand grows.
Job seekers can register their interest online.
Help for new arrivals to Christchurch
Thousands of migrants are expected to move to Christchurch over the next five years to help with the reconstruction process. The Christchurch Migrants Centre helps migrants settle, and can assist with work-related issues.
The Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce offers a programme connecting employers with skilled migrants.
- Christchurch Migrant Hub website - information on the Christchurch Migrants Centre
- Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce website - connecting employers with skilled migrants
The Canterbury Development Corporation provides information on jobs for skilled workers in Christchurch.
Canterbury skill shortage list
Immigration New Zealand's Canterbury skill shortage list outlines building and construction occupations that are expected to be in shortage during the rebuild of Christchurch. The Government is looking to attract skilled workers, including people from overseas, to work in these occupations.
One-on-one help to work out your next steps
We have career advisers available if you need help working out your next steps – whether that’s information about job hunting or advice on your study or training options.
- Call us on 0800 222 733
- Chat online about your career options
Our phone and online chat hours are Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.
Training to help with the rebuild
Economic growth in Canterbury was at least twice as strong as in any other region in 2012, according to a 2013 ANZ regional trends survey. Most of this growth was due to construction and infrastructure activity to do with the Christchurch rebuild.
Increasing activity in these sectors is expected to create many new jobs in the region over the next five years. Opportunities to take up training places in Christchurch will also increase to meet demand.
The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) reports that more people are already taking up apprenticeships in Canterbury than in any other region. This indicates that more employers are investing in staff and taking on apprentices.
- Canterbury Employment and Skills Board website - information on the Canterbury labour market
- Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology website - learn more about a trades training scheme for Māori
- Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology website - information on trades training in Canterbury
Five key organisations working on Christchurch rebuild
Five organisations have entered into an agreement with the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Agency to rebuild the city. These are:
- City Care
- Downer NZ
- Fletcher Construction
- Fulton Hogan
- McConnell Dowell.
Employment and training opportunities are posted on the organisations' websites.
- City Care website - current job vacancies
- Downer website - work opportunities
- Fletcher Construction website - current vacancies
- Fulton Hogan website - career centre
- McConnell Dowell website - career opportunities
New apprenticeship scheme comes with sign-up bonus
The first 10,000 people to enrol in the New Zealand Apprenticeship scheme from 6 March 2013 will receive $1,000 towards their tools and off-job costs, or $2,000 if they are in priority construction trades.
Learn more about trades opportunities in the Canterbury region – video, 4.46 mins
Other organisations that can help
- Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website - information for Canterbury employers and employees
- Canterbury University website - information on scholarships
- Christchurch Small Business Enterprise Centre - information for people wanting to set up a small business in Christchurch
- LifeLine Christchurch website - find out about free telephone and email counselling for people in Christchurch
- Youthline website - find out about counselling and support services for young people in Canterbury