Young people are future for key construction player

Canam Group deliver Work Inspiration programme to give students a hands-on look at a real-world construction project.

20 June 2017

Careers New Zealand’s employer-led three-day Work Inspiration programme is being held in Auckland from 20 to 22 June, delivered in partnership with Canam Group.

Supported by Careers New Zealand, students will get a hands-on look at a real-world construction project and get the chance to meet with people working in the industry.

Careers New Zealand Acting Chief Executive, Hugh Kettlewell, says international research shows young people having four or more experiences with employers during their schooling sets them up for future workplace success 

“Employers are seeking more opportunities to promote their industry and to connect with their future workforce. They are looking for new, flexible ways to do that alongside traditional tertiary education partnerships. 

“The programme is tailored to suit an employer’s workplace and to provide an environment that fosters learning so that young people learn about the business and how to get into the industry.

“Auckland’s construction industry is booming with more than 32 billion dollars worth of projects anticipated to take place from 2015 to 2020. With strong growth anticipated to continue we need to support and promote positive experiences for our young people,” says Hugh.

Career pathways that draw heavily on STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects are a real focus to support future construction growth in New Zealand.

Careers New Zealand Education to Employment Initiatives Advisor, Jan Carter, says the three-day programme provides students with a valuable look at key aspects of construction – surveying, costing, and computer design and modelling.

“The programme plays a critical role in highlighting jobs, pathways and opportunities in the construction industry for students.

“One really great thing is students will get hands-on practical experience in the science, technology, engineering and manufacturing subjects identified as a high priority to ensure continued industry growth,” says Jan.

Updated 22 Jun 2017