Published 21 May 2008
The New Zealand Institute of Management & the Academy of Constructing Excellence have joined forces to develop a new training initiative for the construction industry.
The Diploma in Managerial Excellence in Engineering & Construction can be studied as a 10-month course or in separate modules. The second course starts at the end of July.
The academy used research from 3 sources to show the need for such industry training:
“The Council for Infrastructure Development estimates that New Zealanders are 30% less productive than Australians, a fact which is echoed by the Organisation for Economic Coï†]operation & Development, whose recent measures of labour productivity show New Zealand to be fourth from the bottom of a league table of comparable nations.
“The construction sector is one of the largest & most important in the economy, employing over 7% of the workforce, and represents a national investment of over $280 billion. It is also one of the least productive.
“The Centre for Advanced Engineers reported last year that there was a general decline in the construction industry, and that industry providers & their clients were struggling to cope with a ‘hot market’ and the shortfall in skills & resources. The centre also found clients were concerned about the impact of defects increasing, with just 31% of projects rated as acceptable in 2006, compared to 78% in 2005. Plus, the number of projects achieving construction targets on time had decreased from 53% in 2005 to 23% in 2006.”
Academy director & course tutor Amanda Warren said: “We tell all chief executives & heads of human resources who are keen to send their people on to the course to be prepared to have their businesses transformed. Our approach is a collaborative one – utilising the principles of best practice management – which empowers people, so it’s essential that support for the new ideas generated on the course comes from the top. Otherwise the participants cannot help implement change and businesses won’t improve.”
NZ Strong Ltd managing director Shane Brealey, who helped design the course, said: “Worldwide, there has been little advance in the way the construction industry operates since the pyramids & ancient cathedrals were built. The master-servant model prevails, and with it an abundance of wasted material, time & labour.
“We have an opportunity in New Zealand to learn from experiences overseas and add our unique Kiwi flavour to find industry-leading solutions. The diploma course brings together the best of international expertise within a forum of progressive local construction leaders focused on identifying breakthrough gains.”
Naylor Love Ltd managing director Trevor Kempton quoted recent figures from Business & Economic Research Ltd: “If the construction industry improved efficiency by 10% it would result in a 1% increase of the New Zealand gross national product, as well as an increase of revenue of $350 million to the Government & $1.5 billion to clients. So there is a real incentive for the industry to support any initiatives like the diploma course, whose aim is to improve productivity & performance.”
Website: Academy of Constructing Excellence
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Attribution: Academy release, story written by Bob Dey for this website.