The Minister for Building and Construction has launched a three-year plan to lift the performance of New Zealand’s building industry.
Minister, Jenny Salesa said the Construction Sector Transformation Plan was a tangible plan that ensured the industry had the right skills, people, and internal coordination to lift its productivity.
She said the plan would see Government and industry create a long-term workforce plan; strengthen industry’s voice in training; drive cooperation; promote simpler, shorter contracts; develop a mental health strategy, and run diversity campaigns.
“This plan is a blueprint for sorting out the construction sector’s long-term challenges around risk, overly complex contracts, skills development and much more,” Ms Salesa said.
“It’s a very significant step in the right direction,” she said.
“We’ll be working together with all the players to smooth out the boom and bust of the building cycle; address chronic skills shortages; reform New Zealand’s building consenting system; make procurement fairer, and improve mental health in the sector.”
She said that based on the National Construction Pipeline Report 2019, national construction activity over the next five years was forecast to total $214.9 billion.
“This plan will give building and construction businesses the confidence to train and hire more workers to meet the oncoming tide of construction work,” Ms Salesa said.
She said the launch of the plan built on the momentum of the Construction Sector Accord, launched in April.
“The plan delivers on the pledge made by Government and sector leaders to work together to develop an action plan that addresses the challenges faced by the construction sector and transform it to a high-performing sector,” Ms Salesa said.