- Contractual guidance due to severe weather and flooding events
- Improving health and safety through better design practice
- Construction sector contracts review
- Meet the Transformation Leads
- New operating model for Construction Accord
- Construction Sector Accord launches $37 million transformation plan
- Diversity and inclusion – the right thing and the smart thing for construction
- Panel of recognised Engineers to the Contract launched
- New industry leaders and sector reference groups to guide Accord transformation plan
- Accord is ‘go to’ forum for industry-govt dialogue – independent evaluation
- Departing Accord co-chairs ‘hand over the keys’
- Funding supports new construction sector Transformation Plan
- Immigration Rebalance welcomed by Construction Accord
- Accord publishes 2021 Progress Report
- Accord Steering Group – call for new members
- Construction MIQ closes after helping hundreds
- Accord Environment Roadmap released
- Farewell to 2021 from the Accord Steering Group co-chairs
- Strong pipeline forecast shows industry can prepare for future
- New broader outcomes guidance published
- Accord proposes construction vaccination protocols
- New Plymouth District Council wins Beacons Award
- Review of NZS3910 construction contract launched
- Finalists announced for inaugural Construction Accord Beacons Awards
- Building for the Future report released
- Construction Sector Accord supply chain research issued
- Launch of Accord Network
- Accord funding towards better business performance in specialist trades
- ConCOVE – Women's Advisory Group announced
- Diversity in Construction initiative “great news” for women in construction
- Have your say on three MBIE consultations on Building Act reforms
- Critical workers entering New Zealand under Covid-19
- World Safety and Health at Work Day
- Construction Sector Accord partnership builds sustainable workforce
- Construction Sector Accord partnership helps resourcing for suicide prevention
- Accord Steering Group welcomes two new members
- Government and industry collaborating to improve good business practice
- Planning for a post-COVID construction sector
- 2020 Construction Sector Progress Report shows benefits of Accord
- Constructive Forum brings Government and industry together
- Accord welcomes new members to lead transformation delivery
- Construction Sector Accord part of the consortium to lead Construction Centre of Vocational Excellence
- Construction and Infrastructure Workforce Development Council making progress
- More help to keep and employ apprentices
- Accord welcomes new residential construction sector support
- Save the date: Rapid Mobilisation Playbook webinar
- Rapid Mobilisation Playbook to support fast-tracking of construction projects
- Managing Risk Webinar
- New Contract Partnering Agreement launched
- Accord's first Beacon Project: Reducing carbon in construction – Watercare
- NZ Infrastructure Commission publish the Lifting Our Gaze report
- Mates in Construction
- New Construction Procurement Guidelines to promote better practices
- Mental Health in Construction
- Construction contracts under the microscope
- Innovate, Partner, Build – a better way to work with industry
- Accord set to change 'rules of the game' in construction industry
- Launch of the Construction Sector Accord
More help to keep and employ apprentices
Employers now have more options to help keep and bring on apprentices with the Apprenticeship Support Programme.
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The Apprenticeship Support Programme is a cross-agency government response to help employers deal with the effects of COVID-19 and continue to invest in training and developing new talent. Employers and businesses can access support from a number of programmes including Apprenticeship Boost, Mana in Mahi, or the Regional Apprenticeships Initiative. The Group Training Schemes, which some employers are part of, will also receive additional support.
- the new Apprenticeship Boost, which will help employers pay for new and existing apprentices in their first two years of training
- an expansion to MSD's Mana in Mahi programme to help people into long-term work and gain a formal industry training qualification
- support for seven existing Group Training Schemes to help them continue to employ around 1,700 apprentices and trainees
- the new Regional Apprenticeships Initiative, funded through the Provincial Growth Fund, which will support employers in the regions to take on new apprentices.
The Accord's People Development workstream leads Graham Burke and Bill Newson welcome the additional support for employers.
"We are really pleased with this support package – it’s a great way to ensure that apprentices are kept in work, up-skilled and that employers are more likely to take them on," says Graham.
"Skills shortages have been a long-standing issue in the sector, and now in the COVID-19 environment there is even more importance to make sure our apprentices can keep training and that employers have the support they need."
The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO), an Accord partner, also welcomes the package and the removal of barriers towards training.
"We have been asking for support for years, particularly during a recession when training gets whacked. We now have that support, and it is up to the construction sector to do the right thing, step up to the plate and respond in kind," says BCITO Chief Executive Warwick Quinn.
"We will only get one opportunity and we cannot afford to blow it. We know plenty of work is the best medicine for firms and apprentices, but when it is thin on the ground, we hope that we can increase the number of firms training in our sector. If we do, then we have a model that will work next time."
The support programmes require apprentices and trainees to progress through their training – it is not a quasi-wage subsidy extension.
More information about the Apprenticeship Support Programme(external link) - www.workandincome.govt.nz.
More information about employment, education and training support(external link) - www.connected.govt.nz.