A plan to address skills and labour shortages in the construction industry was recently announced by the Government.
The Construction Skills Action Plan was unveiled at our Clayton Ave site in Otara, South Auckland. Such is the importance and significance of this plan that four Government Ministers – all with special interests in its work – attended the event.
The delegation included Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Economic Development David Parker, and Minister of Employment Willie Jackson.
The Construction Skills Action Plan contains six initial priority areas which are:
- Leveraging government procurement
- Establishing additional jobs and skills hubs
- Growing construction careers and credentials
- Expanding skills for industry
- Mana in Mahi – Strength in Work
- Further changes to immigration settings.
Miles Construction was the build partner at the Clayton Avenue re-development.
One of its apprentices, John Tautari, was interviewed about how he came to end up working with Miles.
He said he was encouraged by his girlfriend and walked onto Housing New Zealand’s now completed Weymouth Rd site in Manurewa and asked for a job.
"I had no experience. First time on my site was when I walked on. So yeah I had nothing, no experience at all. So yeah I walked on, manned up, and asked for a job, and then got lucky and got a good boss and good company."
The Clayton Ave site was chosen for the launch of the Construction Skills Action Plan as it showcases building and construction innovation through use the prefabrication/offsite construction.
XLam CEO Gary Caulfield, who also attended the event, gave a background on Cross Laminated Timber and how they are speeding up the construction process.
The announcement was led by MBIE with support from Housing New Zealand.
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