Automation And The Future Of Your Industry

For company managers the promise is for more automation, intelligence and control, for the ultimate in efficiency and performance. But how much of that promise is likely to become reality? That’s a fundamental question which only the test of time can answer, says Dona White, CEO of North Port Events. “There’s no question that we are in a period of …

Not All Products Certification Schemes Are Created Equal

What’s more, it’s simply not enough to think that just because steel has been ordered to a New Zealand or Australian standard that the delivered product will automatically conform with that standard and be fit for purpose. Increasingly, this is not the case: The product may meet the standard; it may be supplied with documents for “an equivalent standard” (but …

Inspirational Carmen is Tradeswomen of the Year

By Jo Bailey Ten years ago Carmen Sutton had barely swung a hammer and had learning difficulties that prevented her from reading. Now she has been named the National Association of Women in Construction’s Tradeswoman of the Year at the Hays NAWIC Excellence Awards. “It was great to win. I definitely wasn’t expecting it,” says Carmen, who attended the awards …

Apprentices rise to the top

Two bright sparks from Auckland have taken out the 2016 Electrical Apprentice of the Year Competition (the Master Electricians Challenge), the country’s toughest contest for apprentice electricians. The pair were among 10 finalists, selected during knockout heats around the country, who took part in the gruelling two-day final at the Hilton Lake Taupo. Chabb Chia, 21, from Parau, West Auckland, …

Trade careers need wider promotion says Master Electricians

A career in the electrical industry is a great choice, says Neville Simpson, CEO of Master Electricians. “Like all trade industries, apprentices are being paid while they learn, so don’t finish their training with a huge student debt. They learn skills they can transfer easily overseas, and can make some really good money.” Mr Simpson would like to see schools …

Construction – How a booming industry can open its doors to young New Zealanders

You only have to read any job forecasting report to know the construction industry is buoyant, with Seek construction job ads for May up by almost 40% in Auckland alone. The latest findings from The National Construction Pipeline Report (MBIE, 2016) confirms the sector is experiencing steady growth.  New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB) Chief Executive Malcolm Fleming is positive …

Huge demand for quality training

With people “clamouring” to get scaffolding tickets, there is huge demand on SARNZ and industry training providers to provide appropriate training and qualifications. “With the increasing need for skilled, trained scaffolders and riggers, the industry needs to develop its training programmes to ensure standards continue to improve and evolve,” says SARNZ chief executive Graham Burke. This is particularly critical from …

Training leads to exciting career options

Training is a big part of the offering of the Frame and Truss Manufacturers’ Association, which has been actively involved in the development and delivery of NZQA approved qualifications since 2001. The Association has worked closely with the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) in the development of the National Certificate in Frame & Truss Manufacture (Level 3) which …

National training programme for brick and block sector

The Brick and Blocklayers Federation of New Zealand (BBFNZ) is introducing new initiatives to drive cohesiveness within the masonry trades, says chief executive Melanie McIver. “Fragmentation has been an issue for the Federation, given we have 14 independent regional associations, as well as the Masonry Manufacturers Council under our umbrella, with each setting their own meetings. While our networks support …