Seasonal labour shortages in Hawke’s Bay and Bay of Plenty

Thousands of construction workers needed – the Hub can help

11 October 2023.

A Lower Hutt Jobs and Skills Hub has now opened to the public at 9 Kings Crescent. Anyone looking for employment is invited to visit.

Up to 30,000 additional construction and infrastructure workers are needed in the Wellington region for $17 billion of projects planned over the next four years.

“It’s time to build. Whether you’ve got no experience or twenty years’ experience, there are opportunities available,” says Amy Henare, Director of Employment Programmes at the Ministry of Social Development.

“Do you want a job? Do you need training, and want to earn as you learn? The Hub can help.”

Job seekers can drop into the Hub to discuss their skills, experience and available opportunities, any time between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Upcoming opportunities include paid six-week cadetships where people can get their tickets and endorsement to work in the industry.

The Hub is run by MSD alongside local government, other agencies and community organisation. It will be a key recruitment source for several projects including the Te Wai Takamori o Te Awa Kairangi (delivering Riverlink) project, and other Hutt Valley transport projects such as Te Ara Tupua.

What are Jobs and Skills hubs?

Jobs and Skills Hubs are a no-cost recruitment and training facilitation service to support Aotearoa’s construction and infrastructure sectors. They support major projects, which improves employment and skills outcomes for communities through close collaboration between government agencies, employers, and industry partners.

The Hubs are based within communities so people can secure sustainable work close to where they live, and access training to upskill into the construction and infrastructure space.

Seasonal labour shortages in Hawke’s Bay and Bay of Plenty
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