Labour hopes work scheme leads to permanent jobs

10:08 am on 10 March 2012

The Labour Party says it hopes a government work scheme in earthquake-hit Christchurch will lead to more permanent jobs.

One hundred beneficiaries will be given a job for six months as security guards or in property maintenance to look after houses in the red zone now owned by the Government.

More than 6000 properties in Christchurch and Waimakariri have had to be abandoned as they are too damaged.

The Government says some streets are all but deserted and extra security will be welcomed by the remaining residents.

Participants will receive training and qualifications that will be recognised in the workplace.

Labour's social development spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says it is a good idea in principle.

"A key element for us in this would be: are the people who are going to be part of this scheme going to walk away at the end of it with skills and qualifications that will mean they will move into jobs."

Earthquake Recovery Minister says there will be a big increase in the number of construction sites around Christchurch in the coming year which will all need security guards.