Today marks the inaugural meeting of the Civil Trades Certification Board. The Board has been established to oversee the introduction of a recognised trade qualification in the civil infrastructure industry, on behalf of industry body Civil Contractors New Zealand (CCNZ).
The initiative has enjoyed wide industry support, and chair of the Civil Trades Certification Board Dave Connell expects certification will be ‘game changing’. Connell explains that currently, labourers and plant operators are supervised by foremen and have engineers sign off their work. A regulated trades regime will allow certified tradespeople to take ownership of their work, promoting engagement, productivity and a safer workplace.
CCNZ has estimated that the civil infrastructure industry (which includes the construction and maintenance of transport and public services infrastructure) carries out more than $12 billion of work annually and employs in excess of 40,000 workers. These workers will be advantaged by the move, which will provide the option of a recognised and transferrable qualification comparable to that enjoyed by builders, plumbers and electrical tradespeople.
This step towards recognised qualifications could not have come at a better time, as the Christchurch rebuild (and development in other centres, particularly Auckland) pushes demand for skilled tradespeople. To read more about the initiative, click here.