Scaffolders in Demand - Christchurch

An article was published in Christchurch Today (18/07/2016) appealing for migrant scaffolders for the Canterbury region, NZ. 

Here's the full article:

"New Zealand needs to urgently woo more highly-qualified scaffolders from overseas, the head of an industry body says.

Grapham Burke, chief executive of Scaffolding, Access and Rigging New Zealand (Sarnz), said the Government should address a "glaring omission" and acknowledge a shortage of workers with advanced scaffolder qualifications in its list of skilled occupations. 

Scaffolding is included on Immigration NZ's Canterbury skills shortage, and the immediate skills shortage lists, but not on its long-term skilled shortages list or list of skilled occupations. 

Burke said New Zealand's critical shortage of advanced  level scaffolders was holding up work in the booming construction sector. 
"The sector is working to recruit and train as many New Zealand scaffolders as possible but it is a lengthy process - taking one to two years to become an elementary scaffolder and another two to become advanced." Burke said.

"But when I contacted Immigration New Zealand about this I was told the advanced qualification isn't an essential qualification for scaffolders.
"That isn't correct - there is a legal requirement for scaffolders to hold a certificate of competence for the appropriate class, and many of the scaffolds needed for the industrial, commercial and civil sectors require an advanced scaffold certificate."

Advanced scaffolders were in such short supply, training organisations were struggling to find tutors. The call to import more scaffolders is also supported by the head of the country's commercial construction companies.

Rick Herd, chief executive of Naylor Love, said just last week he had been at a site where there were 12 scaffolders and the concensus was that the job needed 12 more. "but the qualified and experienced people just are not there". 

Although the lack of scaffolders was never allowed to become a health and safety issue at his firm, it could certainly slow things down. An Immigration NZ spokesperson said that the skills shortage kists were a result of "extensive consultation with industry groups, other stakeholders and relevant government agencies alongside analysis of economic,labour market and immigration data". The lists were reviewed and updated regularly. 

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