Ministry of Social Development partners with PrefabNZ on Off-Site Manufacturing research

The Ministry of Social Development Industry Partnerships team is excited to be working with PrefabNZ to commission research into off-site manufacturing in New Zealand.

The funding will help PrefabNZ to understand the capability and capacity of the industry, inform ongoing government engagement, explore perceived opportunities and barriers to OSM, understand the employment landscape and to monitor industry.

Research in this space is critical for supporting “Expansion of Skills for Industry,” an MSD initiative under the Construction Skills Action Plan (CSAP) reporting to the Construction Sector Accord. It will deliver an understanding of how to grow workforce capability and capacity, starting at entry level roles and supporting career pathways.

The MSD Industry Partnerships team is a key enabler in the Construction space, across local and central government. This partnership will:

-Provide PrefabNZ with an OSM Virtual Reality pilot to support the attraction, recruitment and, in partnership with Competenz, embedding of entry-level qualifications.

-Support sector engagement with MSD partners, including an upcoming MSD MOU with Kāinga Ora to pilot 100 placements from providers into Kāinga Ora projects and the award-winning Nga Puna Pukenga with Auckland Council, to incentivise their suppliers to meet their social procurement outcomes.

-Enable work with MSD pre-employment training providers including Kiwi Can Do and Oceania Career Academy, to better prepare job seekers for future opportunities.

‘MSD providers will have access to the future of off-site manufacturing in New Zealand. This is an exciting space to be exploring with PrefabNZ and we are looking forward to our partnership developing as engagement across the sector gets more focus,’ says Amanda Nicolle, Director Industry Partnerships Ministry of Social Development.

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