Workforce capacity and capability

The government is committed to working with industry to grow a skilled, sustainable construction workforce to ensure the sector has the people it needs now and in the future. MBIE estimates the construction industry will need an extra 50,000 workers by 2022.

Construction Skills Action Plan

The Construction Skills Action Plan is a cross-agency work programme that aims to encourage more people into construction careers and increase business investment in training and development through:

  • changes to the government’s procurement rules that will require agencies to consider staff training in their tender evaluations
  • new Jobs and Skills Hubs in Auckland to facilitate more work and training placements and new apprenticeships
  • promoting construction careers and supporting the development of micro-credentials
  • funding for employers to recruit beneficiaries through the Mana in Mahi—Strength in Work(external link) programme
  • funding for employers for pre-employment or in-work training through the Skills for Industry(external link) programme
  • more flexible immigration settings to provide short-term relief for skills shortages, while at the same time working with industry to build the domestic workforce and reduce reliance on temporary migrant labour over time.


The KiwiBuild(external link) programme will drive more confidence in the long-term pipeline for housing construction and encourage more firms to invest in skills and training.

Innovate Partner Build

Housing New Zealand’s Innovate, Partner, Build(external link) programme includes capacity partnering agreements that will ensure a minimum number of workers are under training on each development project.

Employment standards

MBIE is focused on compliance with employment standards for all employees in the construction industry and is leading a review of temporary migrant worker exploitation(external link).