Global recruitment drive to rebuild Christchurch comes to Dublin
Naylor Love, New Zealand's biggest construction company, recruiting at a recent Working In event

Global recruitment drive to rebuild Christchurch comes to Dublin

12 Nov 2012

The Opportunities Overseas Expo comes to Dublin tomorrow with 36,000 employment opportunities in New Zealand as part of a city rebuilding project following last year’s earthquake.

An earthquake in February 2011 devastated Christchurch and construction work in the city is due to commence in the first quarter of next year, peaking in Q3 2013, when an estimated 36,000 workers will be required on the project.

New Zealand is faced with an acute skills shortage and representatives from the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team and other employers are joining forces to recruit around the world to fill demand for skilled engineering, construction, accounting and healthcare workers.

At the Opportunities Overseas Expo, job seekers will be able to meet these employers and get information on visas and living in New Zealand.

“New Zealand’s employers are attracted to Ireland as a recruitment location thanks to the reputation of workers from Ireland as being skilled, innovative, and motivated,” said Spencer Hawkes, general manager of Working In Events, which is hosting the expo. “Ireland also has a strong reputation for educational excellence in the sectors where the skills shortage is most acute.”

Representatives from Australia and Canada will also be at the expo with information on career opportunities for finance, engineering, IT, health and construction professionals in these countries.

The Opportunities Overseas Expo takes place tomorrow, 13 November, from 2-8pm in Clyde Court Hotel (formerly The Berkeley Court) in Ballsbridge, Dublin.

Elaine Burke
By Elaine Burke

Elaine Burke was editor of Silicon Republic until 2023, and is now the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. Elaine joined Silicon Republic in 2011 as a journalist covering gadgets, new media and tech jobs. She later served as managing editor before stepping up as editor in 2019. She comes from a background in publishing and is known for being particularly pernickety when it comes to spelling and grammar – earning her the nickname, Critical Red Pen.

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