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An innovative approach to finding expatriate workers to help rebuild the earthquake-stricken city of Christchurch in New Zealand has been met with a positive response.
Christchurch Infrastructure Jobs Live was a webcast held on Sunday August 25th with the express aim of recruiting workers keen to relocate to the antipodean region.
Those with experience in construction and engineering are particularly needed after the devastating natural disaster that killed 185 and damaged many buildings in February 2011.
The webcast involved a panel of experts addressing the audience, but also taking questions from viewers to help address any issues potential expats might have.
It represented a good way for those thinking about making the move to undertake the first steps and find out how it could be facilitated.
Some 580 people from across the world tuned into the event with a further 653 choosing to view a recorded version afterwards, reports the Telegraph.
Of these viewers, 109 were from the UK, 79 from the US and significant numbers from India, Spain, Canada, South Africa and Qatar.
Nearly three-quarters of those watching said that the webcast had increased their interest in moving to Christchurch as a result.
Jenny Groutage, a spokeswoman for the organisers, told the news provider: "Since the event, nearly 1,000 applications have been submitted across the 44 job vacancies that were promoted at the event.
"In the coming weeks, we will be looking to track how many of these CVs convert to job offers."
People with sought after skills can find that they have a lot of opportunity to maximise their employability if they move abroad.
Becoming involved in the reconstruction of a city such as Christchurch after such devastation could be a hugely rewarding line of work.
Greg Forsythe from Immigration New Zealand said: "The event was the pilot for a new approach that we have taken.
"It connected New Zealand employers with a desperate need for skills with some of the 250,000 people who have indicated, by registering on our database, that they are interested in coming to live and work in NZ."
Click here to find out what skills are needed in New Zealand.
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