The key message of the day was simple: we’re running out of people. As an industry, we are not geared to deliver on the amount of construction work in the pipeline. Alarmingly, the situation is set to get much worse as a large part of the industry enters retirement years, while fewer young people are available to take their place.
Presenters delivered the following sobering facts:
- Current and projected growth in Auckland is unprecedented.
- Demand in 2017 for new houses is 28,000. Currently, we can only build 15,000.
- We need to build an accurate picture of the current skills and capabilities of each industry sector’s workforce in order to understand exactly how we’re going to meet future requirements and curb skills shortages.
- There is a shrinking pool of young people and school leavers from which to choose new recruits.
- Greater workforce diversity is required to be able to meet labour requirements.
- The industry’s skilled workforce is ageing quickly and exiting the industry.
- The current rate of industry training does not match demand, which will continue to grow.
- Industry needs to actively work to attract people and to keep them for a longer period of time. We need to make sure that people understand that construction offers a career – not just a job.
Presentations from the event can be viewed here:
Overall a thought-provoking and interesting day was had by all who attended. BCITO would like to thank all those industry people who attended or contributed in some way to help make this day a huge success.
Carpentry apprentices from across New Zealand are being called to show their skills and compete in the Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2017 Apprentice of the Year.
Kicking off on 10 April in Auckland, the Not Your Average Tradie Road Trip will see a group of talented BCITO apprentices spending four weeks visiting different regions, helping out community organisations, charities and schools with building woes.