Civil Trades: meet the grads

Joshua Rapihana of Downer NZ and Scott McKenzie of Ching Contracting are the fifth and sixth Kiwis to become Civil Trades certified. Although Downer and Ching Contracting are at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of size, the Civil Trades regime is proving to be equally accessible and beneficial to both companies. Joshua Rapihana,…

Connexis adds Telecommunications to industry coverage

Connexis will now oversee standards and qualifications for the Telecommunications Industry after working in close partnership with The Skills Organisation to make this transition. The Hon Louise Upston, Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, has formally confirmed that Connexis is now the Industry Training Organisation responsible for the Telecommunications Industry, along with Civil…

R.I.P Common Sense

By Richard Campbell Having been in or associated with the earthmoving, forestry and mining industries for over 40 years now I have witnessed many changes. Some of these have been necessary, like roll over protective structures but some others leave me scratching my head as to the sense behind it. Firstly hi-viz clothing. Initially quite striking when you…

What was old is new again..

By Richard Campbell Ever notice how old ideas come around in a new format ? Earthmoving is a classic window into “what was old is new again”. Take the humble towed scraper. It began life in Fresno, California in the 1880s, pulled by a horse or mule and steered by some poor fellow who had to look at…

Girls with Hi-Vis

  Women around the country will be donning high-vis jackets this June as they give careers in the Civil Infrastructure and Water Industries a go. GIRLS WITH HI-VIS month is an initiative by Ultimit (part of Industry Training Organisation Connexis). Developed in partnership with industry, the aim is to increase female participation in trade roles…