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NZ Government launches online employment hub to help with Christchurch rebuild

by | Oct 12, 2012

The new online system has been designed to make it easier for employers to find workers for the rebuild operation in Christchurch, and it will include a facility to help process New Zealand visa operations. Immigration Minister Nathan Guy said the new online Hub would allow employers to recruit foreign labour more easily. The rebuild operation from the 2011 earthquake is still to get fully under way as the city has struggled to find the necessary labour in the wake of a mass exodus following the disaster. Employers have frequently complained over the need to have easier access to foreign labour and the government have now responded with the Canterbury Skills and Employment Hub. ‘Helping people into work on the Christchurch rebuild is a key priority for this government’, said Social Development Minister Paula Bennett. ‘A streamlined business friendly recruitment process is vital.’ ‘This government is focused on skills and pre-employment training to support people into work and help break the cycle of long term benefit dependence. ‘The new Hub will build on current initiatives and make the most of existing relationships with businesses in the region.’ The Hub will mainly be an online service which will allow employers to list vacancies and recruit directly from Work and Income New Zealand as well as several ongoing training programmes. One of the main obstacles to meeting the region’s labour requirements has been the argument between using local or internationally sourced labour, but Immigration Minister Nathan Guy says the Hub will provide the required balance between the two. ‘The Canterbury Skills and Employment Hub will also pilot a new approach to the migrant work visa process between Immigration and Work and Income’, said Mr Guy. ‘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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