Annual Connection Banner Event 27 - 29 September 2022 in Levin

PRESS RELEASE – Competition about to heat up in Levin

Jenn Boom Energy, eNews, News

PRESS RELEASE Competition about to heat up in Levin Wellington, 23 September 2022: Competition will be hot next week as Electricity Supply Industry staff pit their workplace skills against fellow workers from around the country. Teams from power companies from as far away as Te Awamutu in the north and Invercargill in the south, will be putting their workplace skills …

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 …

A windfarm at dusk

New Windfarm Programme Out Now

Jenn Boom Energy, eNews, News

Investment in green energy infrastructure is growing fast and we are developing our training programmes to stay ahead of demand. We are pleased to announce our latest move into this area with the launch of the NZ Certificate in Wind Farm Maintenance (L3). This is an exciting first for the Energy industry and we are expecting some enthusiastic pick up …

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. …

Give your standout trainees the chance to shine on an industry stage

benstevens Energy, News, NZ Apprenticeships, Our People, Telco

Nominations have opened for the Connexis Excellence Awards (formerly the Connexis Industry Excellence Awards). The awards honour the best and brightest energy and telecommunications trainees from across the motu for their hard work, dedication and expertise. They also recognise those individuals who invest their time and energy in the training and development of youth in these industries. This year, the …

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 …

New industry-backed research report to Re-Energise electricity supply workforce

benstevens Energy, News, Our People

The research report Re-Energise – Ngā Mahi A Māui, a workforce development strategy, offers a deep dive into Aotearoa New Zealand’s Electricity Supply Industry (ESI) talent shortage against a backdrop of rising electricity demand and a tight labour market. The aim is to futureproof the ESI and help it – and its workers – fulfil their potential. Its release this …