Funded projects

Funded projects

Last updated 22 June 2021
Last updated 22 June 2021

The following projects have received funding as at 22 June 2021.

Trade Secrets for your Business

Project Name: Trade Secrets for your Business

Organisation: Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation

Edumis: 8101

Relevant WDC sector area: Construction and Infrastructure

Project Description:

The objective of this project is to investigate why construction firms do not participate in training, and to design intervention strategies that will lead to greater support of apprentices and trainees.

The overarching outcome from this project will be a better understanding of why SMEs do not participate in training, how COVID-19 and the post-lockdown environment has affected this and other aspects of business operation, and how our system can assist them to survive and thrive.

Current Phase: Phase 3 (Design)

National Construction Workforce Forecasting

Project Name: National Construction Workforce Forecasting

Organisation: Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (lead), in collaboration with Skills Org, Competenz and Connexis.

Edumis: 8101

Relevant WDC sector area: Construction and Infrastructure

Project Description:

The aim of this project is to take the lessons and initial model from the Otago Construction Workforce Forecasting Project, and apply this as a model for construction industry skills forecasting across Aotearoa New Zealand’s regions. This will include incorporating new sources of national data and regional project-based demand, suitable for a nationally-deployable forecasting tool.

This project involves two strands. The first of these involves analysing and publishing supply and demand data to identify gaps and surpluses in particular regional labour markets. The second involves undertaking a prioritised sequence of work with individual regions to identify their specific construction workforce issues, and establish local solutions to make sure the construction industry has access to the right people, with the right skills, in the right place, at the right time.

Current Phase: Phase 3 (Design)

Construction Industry Recovery Packages

Project Name: Construction Industry Recovery Packages

Organisation: Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation

Edumis: 8101

Relevant WDC sector area: Construction and Infrastructure

Project Description:

The objective of the ‘Construction Industry Recovery Packages’ project is to develop a suite of microcredentials and supporting materials that recognise key skills in the construction industry, with a focus on short term skills shortages that have been created by COVID-19. They are designed for delivery in a range of contexts including the workplace and provider-based environments, and work preparation, experience and transition programmes. These microcredentials will also incorporate key transferable work skills that provide a clear pathway to apprenticeship programmes in the future.

The learning support materials are being developed from a ‘Digital First’ principle. This will enable employees, learners and employers to engage with the materials irrespective of the levels of lockdown, and no matter their employment status.

Current Phase: Phase 3 (Design)

Project Retrain

Project Name: Project Retrain

Organisation: Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (lead), in collaboration with Skills Org, Competenz and Connexis

Edumis: 8101

Relevant WDC sector area: Construction and Infrastructure

Project Description:

This project will support the employment situation of women who have been or may be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It focuses on how we can best attract and transition the women who have lost their jobs due to the impacts of Covid-19 into careers within the infrastructure, building, and construction industries.

The project will tackle this issue by developing measures that actively support the transition of female job seekers into construction and infrastructure apprenticeships.  The focus will be on breaking down barriers- both real and perceived, awareness, skills alignment, career pathways and connectedness.

Current Phase: Phase 3 (Design)

Attracting, training and retaining a resilient and diverse kaiāwhina workforce in a post Covid-19 environment

Project Name: Attracting, training and retaining a resilient and diverse kaiāwhina workforce in a post Covid-19 environment

Organisation: Careerforce

Edumis: 8144

Relevant WDC sector area: Health, Community and Social Services

Project Description:

The objective of this project is to attract a more diverse range of workers to the disability and support sector, which experienced a large degree of attrition during COVID-19. By attracting a more diverse range of workers, the disability and support sector will have greater resilience to future pandemics, and will be able to better reflect the diversity of those it supports.

Current Phase: Phase 3 (Design)

What mode of training best serves Careerforce employers in a post Covid-19 setting?

Project Name: What mode of training best serves Careerforce employers in a post Covid-19 setting?

Organisation: Careerforce

Edumis: 8144

Relevant WDC sector area: Health, Community and Social Services, Service Industries

Project Description:

During the COVID-19 lockdown, there was a significant drop in trainee engagement with workplace-only models of training in the disability and support sector. The objective of this project is to understand what mode of training best serves the disability and support workforce in a post COVID-19 environment, and how skill requirements have changed following the pandemic.

The output of this project will be recommendations for programme redevelopment that would help build training resilience in the sector, and ensure that the disability and support workforce is well prepared for future emergency situations.

Current Phase: Phase 2 (Investigation)

Increasing the number of qualified staff in Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics sectors

Project Name: Increasing the number of qualified staff in Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics sectors

Organisation: Competenz Trust

Edumis: 8104

Relevant WDC sector area: Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics

Project Description:

The objective of this project is to investigate whether foundation qualifications could be mapped to business process in the manufacturing, engineering and logistics  sectors, with the aim of creating a pathway for staff to have their skills and knowledge formally recognised. This would provide employees with formal qualifications, and enable them to seek re-employment should they be displaced due to the economic impact of COVID-19 on their industries.

Current Phase: Project paused following completion of Phase 1 (Scoping)

Electricity Supply Industry Engineering &Technical Workforce Skills Strategy

Project Name: Electricity Supply Industry Engineering &Technical Workforce Skills Strategy

Organisation: Infrastructure Industry Training Organisation (Connexis)

Edumis: 8136

Relevant WDC sector area: Electricity Supply Industry

Project Description:

This project will provide the electricity supply industry and Construction and Infrastructure WDC with a 10 year Workforce Development Strategy for the whole of the electricity supply industry. The closing of borders due to Covid-19 has restricted immigration of skilled workers coming into the electricity supply sector.  The decrease in migration has limited organisations employing technical skills that are in demand, and thus impacted on the ability of organisations to deliver on key infrastructure projects across the country. The Strategy will build long term resilience by assessing what skills are needed, how training provision and support can be improved, and identify pathways for those looking to train or retrain in electricity supply industry careers.

Current Phase: Phase 2 (Investigation)

Three Waters Workforce Development Strategy

Project Name: Three Waters Workforce Development Strategy

Organisation: Infrastructure Industry Training Organisation (Connexis)

Edumis: 8136

Relevant WDC sector area: 3 Waters Sector (drinking water supply, storm water and wastewater)

Project Description:

The purpose of this project is to look at how the 3 Waters sector can maintain its current workforce, recruit new people into the sector, and retrain and upskill its current workforce to ensure that it is meeting its obligations to millions of households and businesses across the country in a post Covid-19 environment. This project will provide a 5-10 year Workforce Development Strategy for the 3 Waters sector and Construction and Infrastructure WDC. The Strategy will address labour shortages due to border closures, the need to diversify the workforce, enhancing career pathways, and improving training support and outcomes for all learners.

Current Phase: Phase 2 (Investigation)

Ensuring hairdressing skills and qualifications are responsive to the impact of COVID19 and the future needs of the WDC

Project Name: Ensuring hairdressing skills and qualifications are responsive to the impact of COVID19 and the future needs of the WDC

Organisation: Hair and Beauty Industry Training Organisation

Edumis: 8134

Relevant WDC sector area: Hairdressing, Barbering and Beauty

Project Description:

The objective of this project was to provide an opportunity for the hairdressing industry to determine how hairdressing qualifications needed to change to make them more responsive to the impact of COVID-19 and future needs of the industry. This involved a national consultation to examine the health and safety gaps in existing qualifications, particularly in relation to the heightened focus on health and safety identified through COVID 19.

The project was completed following Phase 1 (Scoping) as industry indicated that current hairdressing skills and qualifications were sufficient for the future environment.

Current Phase: Project concluded following Phase 1 (Scoping)

Pathways into Primary Industries

Project Name: Pathways into Primary Industries

Organisation: Primary Industry Training Organisation

Edumis: 8105

Relevant WDC sector area: Primary Industries, Manufacturing Engineering and Logistics, Service Industries

Project Description:

The objective of the Pathways into Primary Industries (PiPi) project is to create a clear and concise learner pathway between school, lifelong learning and employment. The project brings together the activities of a broad range of stakeholders into a clear direction for training and training pathways. This co-ordination and direction will help industry recover from the impacts of COVID-19 by ensuring that the needs of learners and employers are listened to and mapped against available resources. This will help identify what additional learning opportunities are required to meet skills shortages.

The project aims to design skills responses that avoid duplication, leveraging existing systems and processes across multiple tertiary education organisations. It is expected as a result of the project the primary industries will have fewer barriers to entry, and higher retention rates leading to greater numbers of New Zealanders in sustained employment and training.

Current Phase: Phase 2 (Investigation)

Technology-enabled lessons from lockdown

Project Name: Technology-enabled lessons from lockdown

Organisation: Primary Industry Training Organisation

Edumis: 8105

Relevant WDC sector area: Primary Industries

Project Description:

Historically, most vocational education in the primary sector has been delivered face-to-face, in a class setting or in the field. Connectivity issues, assumptions about learning styles and the hands-on nature of work in the primary industries have limited innovations in delivery using technology.

Based on the lessons during the first transition to online learning, this project aims to identify good practice principles to be used in the delivery of online and technology-enabled vocational training, with a particular focus on the primary industries. The project will codify and share these learnings with industry, and will propose new solutions to improve online delivery, both for the primary sector, and wider vocational education.

Current Phase: Phase 3 (Design)

Service Sector COVID-19 Recovery Workforce Strategy/Plan

Project Name: Service Sector COVID-19 Recovery Workforce Strategy/Plan

Organisation: ServiceIQ

Edumis: 9068

Relevant WDC sector area: Service Sector, including Hospitality, Tourism, Travel, Aviation and Retail

Project Description:

This project is conducting evidence-based research on the supply of skills and resources needed to help stimulate the recovery of the service sector economy. The aim of the project is to generate Sector Skills Summaries for 16 service sectors (including hospitality, tourism, travel, aviation and retail) as well as a Service Sector Workforce Strategy/Plan for the Services WDC.

Current Phase: Phase 3 (Design)

To rise by lifting others: Hāpaitia te tāngata, hāpaitia te iwi

Project Name: To rise by lifting others: Hāpaitia te tāngata, hāpaitia te iwi

Organisation: Skills Active

Edumis: 8129

Relevant WDC sector area: Creative, Cultural, Recreation and Technology

Project Description:

The ‘To Rise by Lifting Others’ project aims to deliver a Creative, Cultural, Recreation and Technology (CCRT) Workforce Development Strategy and Action Plan, for the CCRT WDC.

This workforce development strategy is being developed in close collaboration with industry to investigate employment trends and forecasts, and labour demand and supply data across the CCRT industries, with a particular focus on developing frameworks for the Māori and Pacific Peoples workforce. This will help the CCRT WDC rapidly improve its understanding of CCRT workforce stakeholders, COVID-19 impacts on the sectors, and workforce training, supply, and demand issues.

Current Phase: Phase 2 (Investigation)

Apprentice Assist Innovations

Project Name: Apprentice Assist Innovations

Organisation: Skills Org

Edumis: 8103

Relevant WDC sector area: Construction and Infrastructure

Project Description:

This project aims to support displaced apprentices from the construction and infrastructure industries get back into meaningful employment by creating a mobile learning platform. This platform will provide learning packages related to adjustment, job search preparation, and progressing to employment. Through these learning packages, apprentices will build self-confidence and improve resilience in a disrupted employment environment.

Current Phase: Phase 2 (Investigation)