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Grow a domestically sourced workforce

Grow on-job training - much of learning vocational skills is not by studying theory in a classroom, but by observing and performing practical tasks under supervision on a work site. 


  • Connect industry with schools through an industry, education and government programme of engagement

  • Lift civil infrastructure as an aspirational career pathway

  • Improve fund decisions for programmes to deliver on-job civil trade skills nationally

  • Study how we can overcome systemic barriers (e.g. diversity)

  • Young people communicate differently to previous generations. This needs to be acknowledged and supported.


Provide funding for the design and delivery of a suite of apprenticeships, i.e. for the actual learning journey. Civil Infrastructure apprenticeships are relatively new (2015), which means most current workplace managers did not come through these pathways. Often managers have come through a University pathway and are now being asked to support the apprentice learning journey. There is no lived experience between apprentices and their managers. These managers need more support to mentor their apprentices.


Improve off-job training:


  • Tertiary education structures need to be better streamlined/well connected with civil infrastructure training/skills needs

  • Funding decisions for programmes to deliver civil trade skills nationally need to improve

  • School leavers need to be better equipped entering the civil workforce

  • Civil Trades lack certification as the professional standard, consideration needs to be given to its development

  • Support diversity at leadership levels, there exists an absence of diversity, both in terms of gender and ethnicity, at leadership positions.

  • Support industry associations to provide civil workforce development leadership

Support new and emerging technology:


  • Industry training needs to evolve to include new technologies which supports industry wide adoption of new high productivity technologies.

  • Industry training needs to evolve to provide industry with future leaders in managing the transition towards a zero carbon sector.

Link social procurement and skills development:


  • There needs to be an agreed approach between the industry and its public sector clients around social procurement and national skills development strategies

  • Identify how education system can support industry in meeting social procurement requirements (e.g. improve attraction and access to training for underrepresented / diverse groups)

  • Improve collaboration between procurement agents, industry and education system (possibly looking at an incremental lifting of the floor of requirements)

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