Making a difference for all people in the industry

As a Workforce Development Council, we’re all about people. We’ve spoken to many of you at the conferences we’ve supported and attended. We discovered how we can make a difference for Pacific people at our first Pacific People’s Strategic Reference Group. We’re working with Te Waihanga (New Zealand Infrastructure Commission) and Construction Accord to help in the recovery efforts in areas affected by Cyclone Gabrielle by providing early projections for the construction workforce.  

Plus, we’re continuing to review and create qualifications and free resources to help our sector thrive. 

Our team recently attended the National Association of Women in Construction Excellence (NAWIC) Awards, and conferences for both the Roofing Association (RANZ) and Crane Association of New Zealand (CAANZ). All 66 NAWIC Awards finalists were incredible wāhine toa who make a difference in the sector. It was a privilege to be part of this event and to hear from so many talented women in construction. At the RANZ conference, we discussed the progress that’s been made over the last 12 months to improve training for learners and employers in the roofing sector. 

And as a voice for everyone in the industry, we’ve created Stand Up, Step In: Active Bystander Guidelines which provide actionable steps to create a culture of respect and accountability in the workplace. These guidelines are another step in our journey of supporting industry to improve workplace culture, encourage greater staff retention, and build a resilient and sustainable workforce. I encourage you to read Stand Up, Step In and implement some of the steps in your own workplace.  

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Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi. Engari, he toa takitini.
Success is not the work of one, but the work of many. 

Ngā mihi nui,
Philip Aldridge, Chief Executive / Te Tumu o Waihanga Ara Rau