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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

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Demand is good in Christchurch for many building trades workers

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.

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.

Our phone and online chat hours are Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.

Training to help with the rebuild

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Opportunities for apprentices will increase as reconstruction work picks up

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.

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.

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