Apprenticeship skills shortage fix

  Two career pathway programmes in the Waikato District are helping to address the skills shortage in the infrastructure industry following the recent graduation of 21 trainees and apprentices. The Downer Basic Civils Programme, between Downer and Waikato-Tainui, in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development, has resulted in seven previously unemployed members of the…

Girls with Hi-Vis month

The Infrastructure Industry has launched a campaign to attract more women to the workforce Women around the country donned Hi-Vis attire last month for a ‘hands on’ taste of working in the Infrastructure Industry. The annual ‘Girls with Hi-Vis’ initiative lead by Connexis sees staff already working in the Infrastructure Industry inviting sisters, daughters, friends, cousins…

Civil Trades: meet the graduates

Richard Leach of Higgins Contractors and Ross McLaren of Andrew Haulage  are the 7th and 8th New Zealanders to become Civil Trades Certified.  Richard Leach, Higgins Contractors Richard is a much respected member of the Higgins team and has worked for the company for 23 years. He started out in Wellington as a labourer and…

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…

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…

Civil Trades: meet the graduates

As the Civil Trades regime continues to gather momentum, we profile Wayne Smith of HEB Construction and Joe Fraser of Goodman Contractors – the third and fourth workers to become Civil Trades Certified. We also talk to Wayne and Joe’s employers about the implications of Civil Trades for their own business and for the wider…