Editorial – May/June 2021

This issue of New Zealand Construction News is chock-full of key construction industry celebrations. Not only do we have Hawkins celebrating 75 years of Kiwi construction, but Komatsu is in full party mode as it turns 100.

McConnell Dowell too is celebrating with its 60th birthday – six decades of ‘Providing a better life’.

These are great businesses that have long and esteemed reputations within construction and building.

And while we throw those companies the bouquets, NZCN this month also features a hint of a brick-bat as booming construction, infrastructure and building sees industry swell in numbers. Apprenticeships are through the roof. People are changing careers to jump on the train, and with that comes an increased pressure on its own infrastructure that is in place to ensure those within the industries are well-trained and have all the relevant skillsets that they require – from on-site, on-the-job pure construction and building abilities to first aid training.

It’s a problem we are hearing more and more, but it’s a problem that can easily be adjusted and turned on its head. There are organisation out there that are only there for this purpose – to give your staff and employees the skills they need not only to do the job but be safe and to excel.

We tend to look at the positives… or at least build on things with positives. And because of that we have talked to eight varied suppliers of training, courses and products that have been designed to do just that.

It’s just the beginning for industry training through the pages of NZCN. Each issue until the end of the year we will have a special section just for training – it’s that important.

Be safe, be better. Excel.

Greg Robertson