Update from our Chief Executive

Philip AldridgeAs a key person in the Construction and Infrastructure sector, you play a crucial role in the vocational education and training system, and you may or may not be aware that the Government has signalled change in this space. We aim to update you on our situation as we learn about it.

So, here are the facts as they stand right now. The future of workforce development councils is likely to be announced in the second half of this year. We understand a cabinet paper will be produced in July/August, followed by a collaborative industry/community consultation. Your input is crucial, and we’re open to change, but only if it improves outcomes for you and your industry.

Your support has blown away everyone at Waihanga Ara Rau, making what we do worthwhile. So, we’ll continue to meet your needs by helping you address people and skills shortages. Yes, the country is tightening its belt right now, but with our growing population, there’s still a need for more houses and robust infrastructure to support this growth.

We’re building on what we’ve already achieved at Waihanga Ara Rau. This includes reviewing and developing qualifications, providing insights and recommendations for workforce development for your sector, and continuing to listen to and act for you in the vocational education and training system.

Based on your feedback and the robust workforce data we can access, we have a clear plan for the future.

If you have any questions at all about this, please get in touch.

Philip Aldridge, Chief Executive | Te Tumu o Waihanga Ara Rau