Demographic forecasts for the next 20 years show that most growth in the working-age population is expected to come from Māori, Pasifika, and Asian ethnic groups.
Increasing ethnic diversity within this workforce will give the sector a wider range of potential talent to choose from, make use of the diversity of skills different people can offer, and ensure the workforce reflects the customers we serve and the communities we work in.
Current ethnicity data for Brick and Block apprentices show that 51% are European/Pakeha, 28% are Maori, 9% are Pasifika, 4% are Asian and 8% are from ‘other’ ethnic backgrounds.
Although the current percentage of Māori apprentices reflects well against the available working age population a specific workforce development plan for Māori is being developed to ensure this trend continues and that these trainees remain in the trade long term. Workforce development plans for the Pasifika and Asian ethnic groups are also unfolding in response to the need to attract more workers from these groups to meet future industry workforce demands.
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