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The NZIOB’s Building Legends workshops will provide training that accelerates the development of the next generation of New Zealand’s construction managers

NZIOB launches new skills training workshops

The New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB), together with building supply merchant Carters, has launched a series of skills training workshops for construction managers, those managing commercial building sites and larger residential projects.

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The Building Legends workshops have been specifically designed to provide training to accelerate the development of the next generation of New Zealand’s construction managers.

NZIOB national president Graeme Birkhead, who conceived the Building Legends workshop series, says: “NZIOB has identified that there is a gap in the market for training directed at construction managers, many of whom are struggling with the issues of building in today’s hot, resource-constrained market. The Building Legends workshops will provide training that accelerates the development of the next generation of New Zealand’s construction managers.”

NZIOB national president Graeme Birkhead: “Experienced industry figures can provide the younger generation of construction managers with relevant and insightful tools and techniques to grow their own capability

The first of the Building Legends workshops will be presented by Warren Hollings on construction planning. These workshops will be delivered across half-day sessions in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch throughout July, August and September. The number of places at each will be limited to 20. Participants will be encouraged to test what they’ve learned on their respective sites between sessions and report the results achieved back to the group.

Fast-paced role

Mr Birkhead says the role of construction manager is a critical one. “These are the people that the institute has been identifying and recognising in the cost-based categories at the annual NZIOB awards programmes since 1994,” he notes.

“Construction managers are responsible for delivering the building within the agreed timeframe and budget, while dealing with the myriad of challenges that arise during a construction project. It is a fast-paced role that requires the practitioner to keep a lot of balls up in the air, and it all starts with programming.”

The inspiration for Building Legends was an event the NZIOB held last year involving Mr Hollings, who provided an overview of his book ‘Stand and Deliver – Leadership and the Power of Teamwork’. A review of his book suggested that the publication was destined to become the modern project manager’s go-to text for strategy, planning and harnessing the power of teamwork to achieve outstanding results.

“The feedback from those attending the Warren Hollings event reinforced the NZIOB’s view that there is a high level of interest from the younger generation of construction managers to be exposed to experienced industry figures like Warren, who can provide them with relevant and insightful tools and techniques to grow their own capability,” Graeme Birkhead says.

For more information on the Building Legends workshop series and to register, visit the NZIOB website.

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