The U Build 4 The Rebuild programme concluded in July 2016 after four years.
U Build 4 The Rebuild was conceived after the devastating Christchurch earthquakes of February 2011, and as a result of the overwhelming public response to the disaster appeal raising more than $1.5 million, allowing immediate support in the disaster zone and the ability to set-up ongoing programmes to ensure the future wellbeing of the city.
U Build 4 The Rebuild’s mission was to take unemployed or underemployed people and give them relevant skills to grow their careers and contribute to the Christchurch rebuild, working with them to rebuild their lives at the same time as the city.
The programme’s conception was in response to the estimated demand increase of 1500 infrastructure workers required in the two years following the earthquakes. The programme ran in partnership with Industry Training Organisation, Infratrain which meant participants gained credits toward the National Certificate in Carpentry (BCITO).
It is estimated infrastructure repairs and rebuilding will take five to seven years.
The U Build 4 The Rebuild programme morphed and adapted to meet the needs of the people in Christchurch, initially focussing on providing workers with entry-level qualifications for roading and underground infrastructure work, then moving into the construction space with its Vertical Building programme. The Vertical Building programme trained people in residential building, commercial building, landscaping, foundations and excavation. A painting and ‘transition to work for parents’ programme was also run in the latter stages of the four years, followed by the continuing Community Driver Mentoring Programme.
The Salvation Army would like to thank the New Zealand public, Cantabrians and all parties involved in the response to the Christchurch earthquakes.
June 2012 – December 2014: 19 six week Civil Construction courses
June 2014 – June 2016: 15 Vertical Construction courses
Feb 2015 – June 2016: 10 Painting/Transition to Work for Parents courses
July 2014 – Current: Community Driver Mentoring Programme
Total number engaged through all the U Build 4 The Rebuild programmes from June 2012 – June 2016: 428 individuals