Council laying the path for a bright future

The members of the Waihanga Ara Rau Construction and Infrastructure Workforce Development Council met in Auckland in mid-August 2021 to receive an update on the work to establish the new organisation.

The first order of business at the Council meeting was confirming the appointment of the new co-Chairs. Members confirmed the election of John Chapman (Tuwharetoa, Whakatohea, Te Whanau Apanui) and Elena Trout as co-chairs of the Council. “We were delighted that Elena and John were able to continue with the great work and partnership they forged as part of the interim Establishment Board,” noted Council member Kieren Mallon.

Members also received an update on progress with the recruitment of staff. News that 18 staff had already accepted roles with the new organisation was well-received. Council co-chair Elena Trout said, “These staff are specialists in qualification development and moderation and will form the core capability to deliver these critical functions on behalf of industry.”

Recruitment of other roles is progressing well with a decision on the new Chief Executive and the core of the senior management team expected soon. “We are prioritising the appointment of the new management team so they can lead the work of laying the foundation for our new organisational culture,” commented Council Co-Chair, John Chapman.

The Council’s human resource advisors have been working closely with staff from BCITO, Connexis and other transitional Industry Training Organisations to understand how best to marry their particular skills with the immediate recruitment needs of the organisation.

Council members also discussed the prioritisation of effort over the coming months. A key consideration is the need to make best use of the time available to design quality solutions for the key functions of the new organisation.

Council member Chantelle Bailey (Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Samoan villages Lotofaga and Le’auva’a) said, “We are all committed to giving industry a stronger voice in vocational education and training and building the workforce of the future.”

Waihanga Ara Rau WDC – industry coverage

The new Workforce Development Council covers the following industries:

Construction (including heavy, civil residential, non-residential and related engineering) and associated industries and trades, and infrastructure including water supply and drainage, gas supply, electricity generation and distribution, telecommunication, road and bridge building, and related engineering.

Transitional ITOs currently carrying out functions that will transition to the WDC are BCITO, Competenz, Connexis and The Skills Organisation.

Waihanga Ara Rau Council members

Introducing your Council From left to right: John Chapman (Co-Chair), Daniel Haines, Chantelle Bailey, Hon Chris Hipkins (in attendance), Bill Newson, Elena Trout (Co-Chair), Brendon Green, Kieren Mallon, Tracy Davis. Not present: Jan O’Neill. Biographical details for Council members can be found here.

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