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u build rebuild christchurch, free course christchurch

The Salvation Army runs a programme that trains unemployed Christchurch people to gain work in the reconstruction of the quake-damaged city.

There is a 98 per cent attendance rate, and 83 per cent of trainees have secured employment as a result of the course.

The initial focus of the programme – U Build 4 The Rebuild – is to provide workers with entry-level qualifications for roading and underground infrastructure work. As the building of homes and commercial buildings gains pace, The Salvation Army will look at providing training programmes for the building industry.

The programme runs in partnership with the Infrastructure Industry Training Organisation, Infratrain, which estimates a need for 1500 infrastructure workers in the next two years. Infrastructure repairs and rebuilding is expected to take the next five to seven years.
U Build 4 the Rebuild Project manager Robyn Laurenson says the programme provides career opportunities for those made redundant through the closure of quake-affected businesses and for the longer-term unemployed.

More information?
Or phone 0800 YOU BUILD (0800 968 28453)

The vertical building course:

Having successfully developed an exciting industry proven course with Infratrain U build 4 the Rebuild is now offering a construction course opening the doors of opportunity further. The vertical rebuild is not just about building and restoring homes and businesses but also landscaping, fencing, all requiring skilled workers.

This free, seven week course run by the Salvation Army Education and Employment will help you gain industry-related Unit Standards and help you launch a new career and find a job.

You’ll get valuable skills and experience in:

  • Site Safe Certificate
  • Workplace First Aid
  • Onsite Construction experience
  • Graduates achieve 22 credits toward the National Certificate in Carpentry (BCITO Unit Standards 12927, 12932, 24350 and 25319).

What does “vertical build” mean? It is all construction taking place above ground and includes such things as:

  • Residential building
  • Commercial building
  • Landscaping
  • Driveways and paths
  • Foundations for buildings
  • Some excavation work

Course criteria:

  • Minimum restricted drivers licence
  • Drug free
  • 18 years or older
  • Physically fit

For more information on this course:
Phone: 0800 YOU BUILD (0800 9682 8453)
Txt your name to 027 704 5700
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