Building Otago’s construction workforce

Published: Jun 17, 2019 · Updated: Dec 1, 2020

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More than 700 construction projects worth $10 billion are forecast to descend on the Otago region over the next 15 years.

Preparing local people to benefit from this upcoming demand has been the thinking behind a construction workforce modelling project supported by the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF).

The $250,000 PGF investment will be used to undertake modelling on current and future workforce training and supply requirements in the Otago region. Led by Dunedin City Council and Ministry of Social Development, the project brings together iwi, industry, employers as well as the region’s five councils.

Enterprise Dunedin Director John Christie says that key projects such as the Dunedin Hospital redevelopment – New Zealand’s single biggest hospital build ever, are set to benefit from this project.

“We believe this will have tangible value for businesses and job seekers in Otago. From Dunedin city’s point of view, this project will provide necessary information about future housing and training education demand. The DCC is already closely working with the Southern Partnership Group in preparation for the new Dunedin Hospital build’s requirements.”

Otago Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Dougal McGowan says that the project will enable greater collaboration in the region’s construction industry.

“This project complements the work the chamber is already undertaking on local training pathways and labour supply to ensure the successful roll out of construction and infrastructure development throughout the region. It also improves the visibility of concurrent projects so that planners across the region can collaborate to best utilise the available workforce over time,” McGowan said.

The project is due to go out for tender next week.