The government has announced an extra $3.5 million a year to attract more people into the building and construction industry. The pre-budget announcement announced that $14.4m would be injected into the industry training system over four years, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce said.

To cope with the Auckland’s construction boom and labour shortage as discussed in the previous newsletter and number of sources throughout the period, Mr Joyce said the funding would support 5500 apprentices by 2020 to help fill skill gaps.

$9.6m funding was also announced by the government for the next four years for the Māori and Pasifika Trades Training programme. The funding would place 2500 young Maori and Pasifika students in the programme this year.

Due to funding limits, the trades training sector has been considering limiting the number of people it let in.

The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) will not be forced to cap student numbers and would expect to gain 11,000 apprentices next year, said Ruma Karaitiana, Chief Executive of BCITO.

BCITO is also exhibiting at Auckland Build Expo 2016 to promote and provide more to the industry, especially to building practitioners and apprentices. They have recently partnered with Auckland Build Expo 2016 to promote the booming construction industry of New Zealand, in particular to Auckland.