Updates from the Construction Sector Accord July 2021
In this newsletter:
- Beacons: Productivity leap for SME through leadership training
- Carbon emissions reduction webinar - most popular so far
- Do the diversity surveys - win iPhone, Prezzy card or training packages
- Getting Women into Trades event
- The Network launches next week
- From firefighting to concrete laying and trailer reversing
- COVID-19: New guidance on risk management
- New liability cap on Ministry of Education contracts
- Infrastructure Commission 30 Year Strategy survey
- Good news on essential skills visas
- Don't dream it, build it!
Productivity leap for SME through leadership training
Wellington-based concrete foundation company Tidy Slabs is the star of our latest Beacons video.
It was growing rapidly but suffering high staff turnover and poor consistency of service. So Tidy Slabs
made changes, including requiring leadership training for all staff - 50ish of them. Staff turnover has
plummeted and productivity has leapt - up 30% in the most recent financial year with no headcount increase.
See the video and read more about the case study
Carbon emissions reduction webinar - most popular so far
Procurement and Risk
Coming soon to the Accord website - our latest webinar was on reducing carbon
emissions in construction. It featured practical advice on reducing emissions as
part of the design process and over the lifetime of a building, and it attracted or highest-ever level of registrations.
See the recently-published Procurement guide to reducing carbon emissions in building and construction. It's a concise, practical guide with tips and tools on how to build carbon reduction into your design process and your build.
Do the diversity surveys - win iPhone, Prezzy card or training packages
Two new surveys about diversity in the construction workforce are running right now.
The Accord has contracted Diversity Works New Zealand to deliver a roadmap towards a more diverse, equitable and inclusive construction sector. The surveys are a first step in that work and they'll be followed by workshops around the country.
As Maretha Smit of Diversity Works says, talent shortage is the "burning issue in construction" we need to better understand workplace practices and how to create pathways for a more diverse workforce.
Organisations can win either a $750 Visa Prezzy gift card or customised workplace training on Inclusive Leadership. Individuals can win a $750 Visa Prezzy Card or an iPhone SE.
Getting Women into Trades event
Women in Trades is a not-for-profit trying to increase the number of women in construction and the trades.
If that sounds like you or someone you know, head to their Getting Women into Trades event on 19 August.
The Network launches next week - should it include a peer advice service?
The wait is nearly over - the Accord Network is to be formally launched at Parliament on 5 August, with Accord Ministers speaking at the event.
It's already around the 100 mark for members, and the Accord is considering a peer advice service connecting those with expertise to those who want to build capacity and improve practices. Would this help you?
From firefighting to concrete laying and trailer reversing
A unique pilot programme is underway at Fulton Hogan in Christchurch - the first ever infrastructure Skills Centre.
The lucky 12 participants have all been employed by industry before entering the programme and are now getting a taste of pretty much every aspect of infrastructure: working with concrete, chip sealing, drain laying, asphalt laying, even fire-fighting and reversing a trailer!
The pilot programme is a real partnership between industry and government - developed by industry and government (Fulton Hogan, the Accord, and Civil Contractors NZ), funded by MSD and delivered by Fulton Hogan.
Auckland and Wellington are next later this year, and the goal is to see the model appearing across the industry. Read more about the Infrastructure Skills Centre.
COVID-19: New guidance on risk management and contracting principles
Procurement and Risk
The Accord has issued a new recommendation to help public sector clients to proactively manage the risks associated with COVID-19 in construction projects.
The guidance includes advice on a culture of good risk management, risk management plans, who is best placed to manage COVID-19 related risk, identifying risks, assessing their impacts and quantifying them. It also includes an updated risk allocation table, and sample contract terms developed by Kāinga Ora.
New liability cap on Ministry of Education construction contracts
The Ministry of Education's annual construction contracts review for 2021 introduces a central government agency-first liability cap. The cap will be standard across their suite of construction contracts and fixed at 100 per cent of contract value for projects up to $25m and negotiated for projects over $25m.
The Ministry has also simplified and rationalised parts of the contracts, including updating its warranty schedules.
The annual review is an opportunity for the Ministry to work with industry not only get better, fairer contracts, but to build stronger commercial relationships that support a thriving and sustainable construction sector. It aligns with the Construction Sector Accord's principle of building trusting relationships, by acting with empathy and respect, being transparent on the value and allocation of risk and working in a collaborative and inclusive way throughout the review process.
Infrastructure Commission 30 Year Strategy survey
Good news on essential skills visas
Immigration NZ recently announced that changes are being made to Essential Skills visas to streamline application processing and increase visa duration.
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