Editorial – March/April 2021

Welcome to your new-look, completely revived and redesigned NZ Construction News magazine. We hope you like the fresh ideas as well as a new size-format.

And it’s fresh ideas that this issue focuses on, particularly with the massive trade shortage that the construction and building sectors face.

A shortage in tradies can produce a crippling effect, and when you throw a pandemic on top of it then the proverbial and the fan come to mind.

But as you will see in this issue, such as the feature on BCITO’s new head honcho Toby Beaglehole (page 12), there are plans of action underway and in pipeline.

Right now, BCITO has reached a historic milestone of 16,000 apprentices in active training. Not only is that remarkable, but it’s also essential to the industries it represents.

As Beaglehole says, the skills shortage has plagued Kiwi industry for many years, and a fully-incorporated resolution to that problem is right at the top of the new chief executive’s ‘to do’ list.

With building consents high and infrastructure projects ear-marked for the green light, the training of the next generation as well hunt for more qualified tradespeople is well and truly on.

“Government, industry and vocational providers are all working on multiple fronts to address training needs,” says Beaglehole.

We too, at NZ Construction News, will continue as we have begun and help focus attention on the “desperate needs” of industry – the upcoming May/June issue will feature a strong trade focus and highlight key projects, companies, training and vocational organisations as well as savvy people.

The government’s propped things up with great support via the Apprenticeship’s Boost and Free Trades Training so the path is clear… it just needs to be walked, by all.

Greg Robertson, Publisher/Editor