Infrastructure skills shortages tackled at grassroots level

Jenn Boom Civil, Civil Trades, Energy, eNews, News, NZ Apprenticeships, Our People, Telco, Ultimit / Women in Infrastructure, Water

From testing water quality to operating an excavator to seeing the inner workings of a wind turbine, New Zealand’s female secondary students have had a taste of careers in the infrastructure sector – and they’ve loved it. ‘Girls with Hi-Vis®‘ (GWHV) has seen events held nationwide throughout June to offer young women the opportunity to visit infrastructure companies in their …

Developing a Skilled Civil Construction Workforce

Jenn Boom Civil, Civil Trades, eNews, News

Civil Contractors New Zealand (CCNZ) this month published the Developing a Skilled Civil Construction Workforce report. The report maps out the challenges and opportunities in onboarding new entrant workers and helping them upskill. It is the first project from CCNZ’s Civil Workforce Forum. The report highlights the role of training and says embedding worker development into day-to-day business, backed by …

Engineering a bridge over New Zealand with grants to help infrastructure training.

New grant scheme to fund visionary training initiatives through Infrastructure Education and Training Charitable Trust

Jenn Boom Civil, Civil Trades, eNews, News, NZ Apprenticeships

A new grant scheme will support visionary training initiatives that will help to step up the workforce skills of New Zealand’s infrastructure industry, with the first round of applications opening in July 2022. The scheme will be funded by The Infrastructure Education and Training Charitable Trust, and will be administered by the Public Trust. It is the legacy left to …

Civil Industry Award Finalists Announced

Jenn Boom Civil, Civil Trades, eNews, News, Our People, RoVE

Skills shortages are one of the key challenges facing the civil sector and it is becoming increasingly important for employers to actively play their part in addressing this issue. The awards recognise employers who have embedded training across their businesses, creating career pathways for their workers, and improving capabilities in the civil industry. Congratulations to our finalists: Category 1 – …

Apprenticeship Boost Scheme extended

benstevens Civil, Civil Trades, Energy, News, NZ Apprenticeships, Telco, Water

Connexis supports the extension of Apprenticeship Boost, as announced by Education Minister Chris Hipkins yesterday. The Government has pledged $230 million to extend the Apprenticeship Boost wage subsidy to the end of 2023. It was previously set to end on 4 August 2022. Connexis Director Kaarin Gaukrodger says this is welcome news. “New Zealand is facing a significant infrastructure deficit. …

Apprenticeship Boost coming to an end on 4 August

benstevens Civil, Energy, News, NZ Apprenticeships, Telco, Water

Apprenticeship Boost is a $380.6 million wage subsidy offered by Ministry of Social Development (MSD) to support employers to keep and take on apprentices. The payment is made directly to employers and was established to keep apprentices earning and training towards their qualifications as the economy recovers from the impacts of Covid. Apprenticeship Boost will be available until 4 August …

Changes to government funding support for industry training

benstevens Civil, Energy, News, NZ Apprenticeships, Telco, Water

TTAF set to finish on 31 December 2022 Apprenticeships and most training programmes have been fully funded by the government since July 2020 through a scheme known as TTAF (Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund). TTAF is set to finish on 31 December 2022. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? That means apprenticeships and training programmes started from 1 January 2023 onwards will …

Bridge the divide: Workforce skills and the infrastructure boom

benstevens Civil, Energy, News, NZ Apprenticeships, Water

By Kaarin Gaukrodger, Director, Connexis – the infrastructure business division of Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning Limited Story first published in LG Magazine (March 2022 edition) Putting in place a formalised qualification and competency pathway for infrastructure workers to follow in pursuit of skills and career options is central to plugging the current gap between workforce capabilities and growing industry …

February 2022 eNews – New Gateway programmes, ESI workforce project, GWHV survey and more

benstevens Civil, Energy, eNews, News, Our People, Telco, Water

Kia ora koutou, 2022 kicked off with heightened concern for the workforce challenges facing many industries within New Zealand. While there are immediate concerns of the impact COVID isolation requirements will have on business continuity, the growing workforce skills gap is an issue for the long-term sustainability of industries. For 2022 there is a renewed focus on the need for …