Apprenticeship Boost Scheme extended

Diana Blake 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

Diana Blake 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

Diana Blake 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 …

Research report to increase the flow of talent into the Three Waters sector

Diana Blake News, Water

The research report We Are Water – Ko Wai Tātou was released today and examines talent shortages in the water services sector, recommending solutions to ensure safe drinking water and improved environmental standards are met. Just like with the Re-Energise – Ngā Mahi a Māui workforce development strategy report for the Electricity Supply Industry, published earlier in the year, Connexis …

Bridge the divide: Workforce skills and the infrastructure boom

Diana Blake 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

Diana Blake 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 …

December eNews – Key Dates, Vaccination policy, New GM and more

Prue Feely Civil, Energy, eNews, News, Telco, Water

Kia ora koutou, 2021 was a watershed year for Connexis as we became the second organisation to transition from an Industry Training Organisation into the new national training provider Te Pūkenga, all while growing our business to service the largest single growth in infrastructure trainees that the industry has experienced. Our focus for 2021 was to ensure our transition into …

Walking the talk: Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning CE earns his on-job training stripes

Diana Blake Civil, Energy, News, Our People, Telco, Water

An appreciation of the challenge of fitting training in with fulltime work was one of the biggest learnings Toby Beaglehole took from his New Zealand Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety Level 3. The Chief Executive of Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning Limited (WBL) started the on-job training programme back in 2019, when he headed up Connexis. He wanted to …

October e-News – Feedback Survey, new products, GWHV2022 and more

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

Kia ora koutou,   Industry training, aligned to formal qualifications, has never been more in demand across the infrastructure sector.  The increased accessiblity to qualification training through government subsidies in response to Covid – the Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund and Apprenticeship Boost – has seen employers taking the opportunity to skill up their local workforce. We have seen unprecedented growth in enrolments this year …