Great initiave fromt eh government. Partnering with business to get beneficiaries into the Christchurch rebuild. I suppose Labour will complain about it somehow:
Two Christchurch construction companies are hiring beneficiaries for the city’s rebuild.
Fletcher Building and Hawkins Construction have embedded Work and Income staff members to help recruit unemployed youth for jobs in the rebuild.
The two companies have assisted 86 unemployed Cantabrians into work.
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett visited a Hawkins Construction site today and met four workers who had been employed through the Work and Income scheme and a Maori trade training scheme.
One of the workers, apprentice Jesse Neville, 19, said he had been trying to secure a job for four years.
He had been on a benefit for 12 months before Work and Income gave him the chance to get an apprenticeship with Hawkins Construction.
Although life was “easier being on the dole, it’s less boring working”, he said.
When he was on a benefit he would usually wake up at noon and play Xbox for the afternoon, but now he was “way more motivated”.