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Strengthen the construction and infrastructure workforce.

Save the date: 8 October 2024

Our sector contributes:

15 %

NZ workforce 2022

$52747 m

NZ GDP 2022 (14.4%)

98256

business units 2022

With industry, for industry.

Latest news

Infrastructure Site Supervision Review
11/07/24

Infrastructure Site Supervision Review

Our project reviewing qualifications for infrastructure site supervision pathways is progressing well. From February to May we consulted with industry via a survey and held nationwide meetings...
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Water Services development of skills and pathways
11/07/24

Water Services development of skills and pathways

We are conducting a comprehensive review of water services qualifications and standards to ensure they meet industry needs. We are excited to support the industry...
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Young Kiwis doubt strength and smarts for Construction jobs
09/07/24

Young Kiwis doubt strength and smarts for Construction jobs

According to our latest research, many young New Zealanders are steering clear of careers in construction, engineering, and infrastructure, viewing them as too physical and...
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Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying Apprentice Training Model Roadshows
21/06/24

Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying Apprentice Training Model Roadshows

Kokiri Whakamua | Move Forward is a roadshow about the new Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying (PGD) apprenticeship model that will begin in January 2025. The...
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BCATS skill standards to be graded
17/06/24

BCATS skill standards to be graded

As part of the development of Building Construction and Allied Trades Skills, BCATS skill standards to replace the current unit standards, the decision was made...
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Update from our Chief Executive
30/05/24

Update from our Chief Executive

As a key person in the Construction and Infrastructure sector, you play a crucial role in the vocational education and training system, and you may...
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Unlocking potential: What the research tells us about the current enablers of employment for disabled people
24/05/24

Unlocking potential: What the research tells us about the current enablers of employment for disabled people

What are the untapped economic and social impacts of empowering disabled people in the workforce, and how can we unlock that potential? This is especially...
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Skill standards good practice project
23/05/24

Skill standards good practice project

The introduction of skill standards allows us to reset how the vocational education system delivers the skills industry needs. We’re working with ConCOVE and Hummingbird...
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From overlooked to in demand: making the trades more tempting
23/05/24

From overlooked to in demand: making the trades more tempting

The construction and infrastructure workforce is facing many challenges right now. Skilled people are starting to leave the industry, either to move to other industries...
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Building the future
18/05/24

Building the future

How Waihanga Ara Rau is working with the construction & infrastructure sector. Waihanga Ara Rau, the Construction and Infrastructure Workforce Development Council, is poised to...
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Core Construction Skill Standards
12/04/24

Core Construction Skill Standards

Share your thoughts! Contribute to the development of new core construction skill standards to help define the skills needed for construction industries. These skill standards...
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Be part of building the pathway for the next generation of leaders
04/04/24

Be part of building the pathway for the next generation of leaders

Join our Te Manu Arataki Leadership Project webinars New Zealand has diverse enterprises, including numerous small and micro businesses and a thriving Māori business ecosystem....
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The sky’s the limit for businesses that retain good people
21/03/24

The sky’s the limit for businesses that retain good people

Using Māori concepts to lift workplace culture. It’s no secret that keeping good people is key to getting the job done and done well. With...
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Identifying skills needs in the regions
21/03/24

Identifying skills needs in the regions

We help the construction and infrastructure industry on a regional basis by identifying the skills a region needs; and ensuring qualifications suit industry needs and...
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Reducing barriers for the future workforce
18/03/24

Reducing barriers for the future workforce

Waihanga Ara Rau and Hanga-Aro-Rau join forces with All is for All. “Employment outcomes haven’t substantially improved for Disabled people in at least 30 years,”...
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Waihanga Ara Rau charts the course for 2025
29/02/24

Waihanga Ara Rau charts the course for 2025

Empowering the construction and infrastructure Workforce As New Zealand’s construction and infrastructure sectors continue navigating through a landscape marked by challenges and opportunities, Waihanga Ara...
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Joint WDC approach to maximise potential within the disabled community
24/01/24

Joint WDC approach to maximise potential within the disabled community

One significant resource that has been historically overlooked is the estimated twenty-four per cent of New Zealanders who are living with a disability. Waihanga Ara...
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New micro-credentials for Temporary Traffic Management
06/12/23

New micro-credentials for Temporary Traffic Management

Two new micro-credentials for Temporary Traffic Management have been approved by New Zealand Qualifications Authority | Mana Tohu Mātauranga o Aotearoa (NZQA). These are: Temporary...
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New micro-credential for Underground Utility Location
06/12/23

New micro-credential for Underground Utility Location

A new micro-credential for Underground Utility Location has been approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority | Mana Tohu Mātauranga o Aotearoa (NZQA). This is...
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Digging deep to keep the people who have the skills to build
05/12/23

Digging deep to keep the people who have the skills to build

With increasing work to be done and projects that need completing across construction and infrastructure, we’ve started to dig deeper into why people leave the...
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Building tomorrow’s workforce
05/12/23

Building tomorrow’s workforce

Trades Essentials in action We’re working alongside Workforce Central Dunedin to address workforce needs now and for the future. In collaboration with Hanga-Aro-Rau, we’ve developed...
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We develop Workforce Development Plans that give you insights tailored to your industry sector and region. These help you stay ahead of the curve, anticipate industry trends and make strategic workforce decisions that help grow a skilled workforce.
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Building a highly skilled workforce

We develop and maintain qualifications, unit standards and micro-credentials for the construction and infrastructure industries, ensuring professionals are equipped with the right skills and knowledge to excel. See if we're working on any updates for your industry right now.