A Word From Our Director — March 2024

Mason Reiber eNews, News

Kia ora koutou,

The first quarter of 2024 has included some reshuffling within our operating environment following the government’s announcement that it intends to disestablish Te Pūkenga.

However, the key “need to know” from that process is that Connexis will continue to deliver infrastructure training for apprentices and trainees throughout New Zealand as we always have with no disruption to our trainees.

As part of our general business, it is exciting to announce the launch of three new programmes developed in partnership with our employers to meet evolving needs of industry. We are also calling for feedback to support the review of the Site Supervisor qualification and ask that you complete the four-minute survey to provide your feedback on what is important to you to include in your industry’s site supervisor qualification.

The capability of onsite supervisors can have a huge impact on performance and productivity, making this qualification review important not just to the success of your people, but your business and investment in training.

Working with industry on new, improved programmes is just one way we support both learners and their employers. Please check the support links below, to make sure both you and your trainees are aware of the support options, financial and pastoral, that are available, or talk to your Customer Service Account Manager (CSAM) for details.

We are also thrilled to again offer Outward Bound Scholarships in 2024 to help further grow the leadership capability of those in our infrastructure industry. It’s the second year we have offered these scholarships with those who’ve completed the programme reporting important lessons in communication, collaboration, mediation, and managing teams through difficult situations, as well as building trust and empathy. If you have a team member who you think would thrive with leadership training, please encourage them to apply for a placement.

These scholarships are thanks to a grant provided by the Infrastructure Education and Training Charitable Trust.

Throughout 2024, as the future of industry training and the system we operate within becomes clearer, Connexis is committed to keeping you informed and up to date with any operational changes. To keep updated as changes occur, we have setup a landing page here.

In the meantime, if you have concerns or queries please don’t hesitate to reach out to your CSAM.

Finally, we wish you all a safe and happy Easter.

Kaarin Gaukrodger

Executive DirectorConnexis