Webcast leads to further overseas interest in Christchurch

A webcast held last month to advertise job opportunities in the Christchurch area of New Zealand has led to more than 1,000 applications being submitted for the 44 vacancies promoted by the event.

Christchurch Infrastructure Jobs LIVE The webcast, which took place on the 25th August, was particularly aimed at civil construction and engineering workers and was watched live by an initial worldwide audience of 580 people – a further 683 have so far watched a recorded version of the event. Those who watched live were given the chance to ask questions directly to employers.

“The event was the pilot for a new approach that we have taken,” explained Greg Forsyth of Immigration New Zealand. “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.”

“Since the event, nearly 1,000 applications have been submitted across the 44 job vacancies that were promoted at the event,” said Jenny Groutage, spokeswoman for the webcast’s organisers.

“In the coming weeks, we will be looking to track how many of these CVs convert to job offers.”

Of those who watched the webcast, the largest number of viewers came from the UK, with 109 tuning in.

The webcast can be viewed live here: http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid2238051046001?bckey=AQ~~,AAABiRGO4iE~,UcuEys1VB7zvYsjvRQfbcHGE0DrAa-lq&bctid=2630688735001