BCITO to complete post-COVID construction workforce forecasting for NZ

Press release: Wellington 26 November 2020.

The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) today announced that they have been supported to complete construction and infrastructure workforce forecasting for 15 regions of New Zealand. This is one of the initiatives in the Workforce Development Council/Transitional ITO COVID-19 Response Projects Fund administered by the Tertiary Education Commission.

The project will forecast workforce demand over the next 15 years, and covers the entire construction sector including civil infrastructure, like roading, three waters, hospitals and schools, and residential and commercial construction.

Greg Durkin, BCITO’s Interim Chief Executive said, “With infrastructure being an integral part of our post-COVID recovery this is an important project. The brief is to determine the workforce needs of the entire construction sector, not just the people ’on the tools’.

“We’ll be looking at all aspects of the construction workforce, and the skills required from the drawing board to the building site including architects, environmental consultants, planners, engineers and surveyors.”

The project has two components. The first involves analysing and publishing supply and demand data to identify gaps and surpluses in particular regional labour markets. For the second, BCITO will work with Iwi, councils, industry, Regional Skills Leadership groups and the Construction Sector Accord in regions to identify their specific construction workforce issues, and help identify local solutions to make sure the sector has access to the right people, with the right skills, in the right place, at the right time.

The building of a Construction and Infrastructure Workforce Information Platform and regional project work has started, the first Regional reports will be released from mid-2021 with all regional reports released by the end of 2021.

BCITO recently completed construction workforce forecasting for Otago. This project was commissioned by the Dunedin City Council on behalf of the five Otago-based territorial authorities, Ngai Tahu and the Ministry of Social Development. The research identified that with more than 120 major construction projects earmarked for the region, the resulting labour requirements could increase by up to 2,000 people in a calendar year. At its peak, approximately 1,000 workers could be required on-site for the new Dunedin Hospital build alone.

“The initial Otago project demonstrated the industry and regional benefits from having a regional workforce forecast,” said Durkin. “On the back of the good work and lessons from this project, we are now able to do this analysis for all of New Zealand.”

From July to October 2020, BCITO signed up a record 5,684 new apprentices, compared with 2,200 for the same period last year. It has also had 1,200 new employers register to train apprentices in 2020. As of 13 November, there were 16,083 active learners with BCITO. The numbers of people in training in Q3 2020 are up 67% on the previous year.

Further enquiries, please contact:

Kiri Shannon

Acumen Republic on behalf of BCITO

T +64 21 0234 4157

E [email protected]

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