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Jenny Salesa (centre), Minister for Building and Construction and Associate Education Minister, officially opened the NZMA Trades Campus in Mt Wellington on 10 April – pictured here with ACG chief executive John Williamson, NZMA regional manager Monique Le Marque, NZMA chief executive Mark Worsop, and ACG co-founder Danny Chan

New NZMA Trades Campus to address skills shortage

Minister for Building and Construction and Associate Education Minister Jenny Salesa has opened the newly refurbished 8000 sq m New Zealand Management Academies (NZMA) Trades Campus on Great South Road, Mt Wellington, Auckland.

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Fitted out with brand new classrooms, workshops and lab, the NZMA Trades Campus will be a hub for students wanting to learn trades skills in south Auckland. Ms Salesa officially opened the purpose-built facility on 10 April and was welcomed with an official powhiri.

“I am impressed with the vision shown by New Zealand Management Academies to open this facility to train more builders, painters, plumbers and electricians,” the minister told those at the ceremony.

“Last year, thousands of NZMA graduates and students were placed into jobs. I have no doubt there will be a high demand for your trades students. I look forward to seeing more Pacific and Maori tradespeople graduate from here, and I congratulate NZMA for being part of the housing solution.”

Work-ready skills

With demand growing for skilled workers across the industry, the campus will be used by hundreds of students and staff. Programmes are available in construction, electrical engineering, painting and plastering, plumbing, gasfitting and drain laying, and Youth Guarantee Level 2, all in the single NZMA hub. It will add to NZMA’s enviable reputation for delivering work-ready skills from top-level qualified tutors who know the industry inside-out.

“With New Zealand’s current construction boom, there is real demand for skilled tradespeople, and we can address this shortfall with quality training and job placement,” says NZMA chief executive Mark Worsop.

“We’re really proud to be developing young people in these important and booming trade arenas. This campus will be an important training hub in Auckland, and we’re working closely with construction industry companies to place our graduates in sustainable employment. There is no better way to learn about the construction industry than to do it yourself, and NZMA is giving people building experience they’d find hard to get anywhere else.”

Skilled staff hard to find

According to a recent Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) report, construction investment growth is set to peak in 2020 and will increase requirements for construction-related occupations until at least the end of 2022.

Employers are facing an increasing skills shortage with overall construction staff demand in New Zealand set to increase by 11% by 2022. This means around 56,000 new employees will be needed, with approximately half of that demand coming from Auckland’s construction industry.

Every area of construction is now mostly considered a skills shortage. From labourers to carpenters, plumbers to electricians, site supervisors to quantity surveyors, and engineers – skilled staff are hard to find.

“With our easily accessible NZMA Trades Campus in south Auckland, the entire community will benefit,” says Mr Worsop. “With strong numbers of Maori and Pasifika students, as well as those who have recently moved to New Zealand, getting a head-start on their careers will be easier with a campus of this calibre.”


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