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New Zealand launches biggest ever drive to attract Brexit Britain’s builders

New Zealand launches biggest ever drive to attract Brexit Britain’s builders

Source: The Guardian

It seems many UK residents looking to work in construction will be registering to receive a CSCS card over the next few years with the promise of work in the likes of New Zealand.

CSCS Card - New Zealand Construction driveNew Zealand has launched a campaign to lure thousands of UK construction workers away from their wintry building sites to deliver the country’s biggest ever infrastructure and housing program.

An estimated 65,000 new construction workers will be needed over the next five years to meet demand, forcing the industry to work with the government to create what is the largest ever recruitment drive for UK workers.

The recent downturn in British construction activity had created an ideal employment environment to attract potential migrants, said Greg Edmonds, Auckland Transport’s chief infrastructure officer, as Brexit’s uncertainties continues to take their toll.

A package created by a recruitment consortium, called LookSee Build NZ, offers “experiences”, including fishing, surfing and cultural events, to entice construction professionals. Interested and qualified candidates would then be matched with appropriate employers.

The new Labour-led government wants to spend NZ$2bn (£1bn) building 100,000 new homes over the next 10 years as part of its election promise to improve housing affordability. There are also massive infrastructure works planned during that time, which the industry says will cost about $125bn. However, there aren’t enough local workers to make it happen.

The government forecasts New Zealand’s construction needs will reach a peak in 2020. But despite 11,000 apprentices learning the trades, the industry training organisation says New Zealand still needs many more to meet demand and replace those who retire or leave.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is introducing a scheme that would fast track 1,000 to 1500 visas to specifically attract construction workers from abroad.

Craig West of engineering company Downer, which is part of the LookSee group, said the need for top talent was acute. “Our construction sector is very competitive and this kind of inter-industry cooperation has never happened before but the need for staff requires us to take an all-of-industry approach.”

Aaron Muir, a LookSee Build NZ spokesman and construction consultant, said he did not think the free experiences such as fishing and surfing would by themselves persuade people to make the move. “What it will do is give them a genuine taste of the lifestyle that is on offer in New Zealand,” he said.

The recruitment schemes come as the Labour party also promises to cut net migration to New Zealand by between 20,000 and 30,000 people.

On our CSCS card – Construction Skills routeway training you will complete your Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment. This Level 1 qualification covers the key aspects of Health and Safety within the construction industry and explores what those looking for employment within construction need to know, to be able to carry out their work safely and correctly. This qualification will prepare you for the exam needed in order to gain your CSCS card.

Antrec work with an extensive network of construction recruitment agencies to place the individuals into work focusing on providing learners with long-term employment opportunities.

Training is government funded so we are able to fund your qualification plus CSCS exam, registration and card costs. For further information please call 0333 023 7450.