The annual Careers Expo took on a new focus in Christchurch this week with a push to get young people interested in rebuilding the city after the earthquakes.
About 6000 pupils from 30 Canterbury secondary schools were expected to attend the Careers Expo at the CBS Canterbury Arena yesterday and today.
Forty exhibitors, including New Zealand's major universities, the defence forces, polytechnics and other tertiary institutions joined workers from major infrastructure companies who wanted to attract young people to help rebuild Christchurch.
Fulton Hogan human relations adviser Nicola Wilson said the rebuild opportunities were "not just for engineers".
"There are a lot of other career options they can tap into like admin, machinery operators and drivers," he said.
City Care apprenticeship manager Patrick O'Brien said his company was expecting to employ another 400 staff to help with the rebuild and being at the expo was a good way to build industry awareness.
Decorate New Zealand training adviser Leon Clarke said his industry desperately needed young people and the demand was only going to increase after the Christchurch earthquake and the leaky building problem.
Expo organiser Mark Gillard said he had opened the expo up to include trade and infrastructure companies to meet Christchurch's needs.
Villa Maria College pupil Lexi Ratcliffe, 16, said many students did not know what they wanted to do as a career so it was helpful to have everything in one place.
Burnside High School pupil Maciej Ratka, 16, said he had not considered becoming a tradesman . He wanted to be a pilot.