A word from our Director, for Learners

Francesca Emms Civil, Energy, eNews, News, Telco, Water

The first half of 2023 has been a busy and constructive period as we continue our focus on supporting learners through their training, and help New Zealand’s infrastructure employers meet their need for skilled staff.

For much of the past seven months many of you, across civil, energy, telecommunications, and water, have been actively engaged in helping your communities rebuild, repair and recover after what has, at times, seemed like a continual series of weather events.

Thank you for all your hard work through the first half of 2023 and the critical role you have played for all New Zealanders, ensuring power and communications are reconnected, key roading routes are repaired and water systems are protected in the wake of often devastating storms.

As we are now over halfway through the year, it’s a perfect time to refocus on yourself, your goals and what your hopes were when you started your training journey with us. It’s a good time to recommit to those goals and if required, reset your weekly routine to ensure you are spending some time each week progressing your training programme. It’s the little effort made regularly that will make your training journey enjoyable and successful. Remember, if you are struggling and need some support, please do speak to your Connexis account manager.

If you need personal support outside of your training whether that be in terms of relationships, finances or any other issue that may be holding you back, all learners of Connexis have access to free support through Vitae. We do invite you to use this service anytime you may require by calling 0508 664 981 or visiting vitae.co.nz.

Visibility over the vital work you and your teams carry out is an extremely important part of attracting more workers into infrastructure careers and building a highly skilled local workforce.

At Connexis | Te Pūkenga, we have been working to amplify the visibility of your industry by showcasing the individual like yourself and businesses taking on that crucial rebuild work.

To attract more people to the industry, we are highlighting the skills and expertise involved, and the opportunities available to train in roles that support local communities, not just in times of crisis, but every day.

A huge thanks to those who have put their hand up to work with us on amplifying the industry, sharing stories about your success, your career and showcasing what your teams are doing for your community. If you are keen to share your story or your teams then do feel free to contact our marketing team on marketing@connexis.org.nz.

This year we once again worked with employers and schools to run our Girls with Hi-Vis® month in June.  This year’s event was a huge success with close to 620 female students from 69 schools – including a large number of schools involved for the first time – attending over 30 events hosted by more than 20 employers around the country to experience infrastructure jobs first-hand. This year, for the first time, we also partnered with other training providers such as the specialist trades managed by EarnLearn (showcasing scaffolding, electrical and plumbing) and BCITO to extend the scheme beyond infrastructure.

As we look to the second half of 2023, we are excited to be taking the Annual Connection event for the energy sector to a new region. This year’s three-day programme of line mechanic and cable jointer competitions, and the Excellence awards, recognising the country’s best trainees, will be hosted by PowerNet in Invercargill.

It is shaping up to be one of our biggest events yet, with teams and individuals registered from around the country. It’s another fitting celebration of industry best-practice and the skills embedded in our infrastructure workforce, as well as the perfect platform to showcase career opportunities. If you are down in Invercargill between 19 and 21 September you are more than welcome to drop into Donovan Park and see the action for yourself.