The initiatives, announced in Auckland today, also include new visa rules to make it easier to employ skilled migrants for specific projects.
E tū Industry Coordinator, Ron Angel says the plan means the Government will require the building companies it works with to provide training and skill development, “which we support,” he says.
He says the policy also recognises the industry is changing, with the development of new qualifications in specialised areas such as framing manufacturing and the assembly of prefabricated buildings.
“We’re in favour of this, especially if you get a qualification or credentials and you get extra money for that,” he says.
“It’s also good to see innovative new materials show-cased today, including the XLAN cross-laminated timber and construction process.”
Ron says the establishment of more industry hubs, with all the services needed to maximise recruitment, training and career development is also a sound move.
“We saw these set up in Christchurch after the quakes and they were very effective with a lot of activity generated out of them,” says Ron. “It’s a good idea.”
Ron says the union also supports planned visa changes to expedite the hiring of skilled migrants.
“These were flagged back in June and include the requirement that accredited employers including labour hire companies meet good employment standards and are committed to employing local workers.
“We are supportive of this, given the protections for migrant and local workers, as well as a construction boom that’s expected to last for many years.
“The demand for labour isn’t going to ease in the short term but the priority needs to be local jobs, training and career paths for New Zealand workers.”