Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Plan to rebuild construction sector

A new three-year plan to transform the nation’s construction industry into a high-performing sector with increased productivity, diversity and innovation has been unveiled by the Minister for Building and Construction, Megan Woods and Accord Steering group in Auckland this morning.

As lead minister for the Construction Sector Accord, Dr Woods told sector leaders at the launch that the new plan had bold actions which the partnership of Government and sector representatives was deeply committed to.

“The Accord’s Construction Sector Transformation Plan 2022-2025  builds on the partnerships and progress we’ve collectively achieved in the first plan, to lift the sector’s performance,” Minister Woods said.

She said the forward transformation plan had been developed through detailed engagement with industry and government, with the key focus areas being people, client leadership, environment and innovation.

“It also retains the ability to respond to emerging issues that could impact on the sector’s transformational progress.”

“Over the past three years, the Accord has fostered a valuable partnership as we’ve tackled the impacts of COVID-19 on the sector, such as supply chain problems. The Accord has become a platform for collaboration on some of the key challenges facing the sector, including skills and labour shortages and climate change.

“The Accord has directly contributed to behavioural and cultural shifts in the construction sector. We have now reached an important milestone and opportunity for government and industry to show continued commitment to leading change in the sector and build on the momentum already achieved,” said Dr Woods.

The Accord’s vision is of ‘A thriving, fair and sustainable construction sector for a better Aotearoa New Zealand’ is supported by six mid-term goals:

1.         Increased capabilities of leaders to drive change

2.         A more skilled and diverse workforce that is future ready

3.         More thriving people and organisations

4.         Greater Māori construction economy success

5.         Reduced waste and embodied and operational carbon

6.         Increased productivity through innovation, technology, and an enabling regulatory environment.

The Minister said the initiatives target a wide range of groups, including small and medium-sized enterprises, current and future sector leaders, the existing workforce and potential new entrants, Māori businesses, and public and private clients

“I’m delighted with the way the Accord is taking a leading role in supporting and enabling industry change.”

“Over the next three years this will mean achieving mid-term goals such as reducing waste, increasing capability of leaders to drive change, increasing productivity through innovation and technology, and having a more skilled and diverse workforce,” said Dr Woods.

The plan can be viewed on the Accord website www.constructionaccord.nz

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