People Development progress

The Transformation Plan aims to build capability through addressing skills gaps, helping shape the reforms in vocational education, and creating a long-term workforce plan.

Initiatives are focused on the Accord goals of raising capability and increasing productivity — aiming to quickly grow construction worker supply and skills, and ensure the industry has the workforce it needs to be productive now and in the future.

The People Development workstream will support the Accord outcomes of clear career pathways and opportunities to upskill, greater workforce diversity, a high performance culture and optimal workforce capacity and capability.

Find out what People Development initiatives are in the Transformation Plan.

Initiative progress and milestones

Follow progress here on Accord and Transformation Plan programmes that support the development of the construction workforce.

Date Milestone Lead/s
Under development A Construction Skills Strategy is under-development to support a vision for construction skills needs in New Zealand. Construction Sector Accord and MBIE
December 2021 Christchurch and Manawatū Infrastructure Skills Centre pilots both complete. New civil sector skills training combining on-job and off-job components to ensure participants are work-ready. Wellington and Auckland pilots in planning. Ministry of Social Development, Fulton Hogan, The Construction Sector Accord and Civil Contractors NZ
Under development Development of the Roadmap toward diversity, equity and inclusion for the sector is underway with partners Diversity Works New Zealand. This will be completed by June 2020.
Complete Construction Skills Action Plan(external link) progress:
  • Over 18,000 people into construction related work or education since September 2018.
  • Mana in Mahi and Skills for Industry have combined for over 5,800 job placements and training participants.
  • Over 11,000 Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List visas have been granted, enabling the sector to retain skilled migrant workers already onshore.
  • Growing Careers and Credentials has supported an additional 11,820 enrolments into construction-related education and training (target of 2,300).
Ongoing Long-term workforce plan Waihanga Ara Rau Workforce Development Council CanConstruct consortium led by Massey University
Ongoing Support for the Reform of Vocational Education continues. Waihanga Ara Rau Construction and Infrastructure Workforce Development Council (WDC) now established. Tertiary Education Commission Te Amorangi Mātauranga Matua
Ongoing ConCoVE Board fully established, General Manager appointed and projects underway. ConCoVE
September 2020 A consortium, including the Construction Sector Accord, announced as the successful applicants to lead the Construction and Infrastructure Centre of Vocational Excellence (ConCoVE)(external link) ConCoVE
November 2019 Accord Steering Group engagement with RoVE programme underway including industry input into the Construction Centre of Vocational Excellence Tertiary Education Commission Te Amorangi Mātauranga Matua
October 2019 MBIE temporary migrant workers exploitation review(external link) programme to better protect migrant workers out for consultation. Closed November 2019. MBIE (Immigration New Zealand)
2019 Kāinga Ora Innovate, Partner Build programme underway — part of the programme ensures there are a minimum number of apprentices working on each state housing project. Kāinga Ora
October 2019 Government Procurement Rules(external link) now require government agencies to consider staff training and development in their construction project tender evaluations. MBIE (New Zealand Government Procurement)
Last updated: 21 October 2020