Chief Exec update - Autumn 2017

23 Mar 2017

One of the highlights this March was Site Safe part-sponsoring the inaugural Christchurch Women in Construction event held on International Women’s Day (8 March) - organised by the Canterbury Rebuild Safety Charter and Safe Rebuild. The safety-focused, training and networking event for women featured inspirational speakers and workshops. In fact, the event was so popular a second event was added which also sold out. It was good to see a number of our Christchurch-based Members there.  

On our website, you’ll see four articles from women making their mark in the construction sector. Ann Chia, one of our very own Health and Safety Advisors, Laura Clifford, Health and Safety Advisor at Hawkins, Larena McGregor, a qualified painter at Jeff Dermott Painting and Decorating and Jillian Rheinberger, Project Manager at The Building Intelligence Group. All these women have great stories to share - from how they first got into the industry, what they love and also what challenges they face. I’d encourage you to have a look.

The release of our new Passport Plus - Flexi (Online + Classroom) is set to be launched on April 10. This will offer you more flexibility as you visit us for a two-hour classroom course then complete the remainder of your training in your own time on our new online learning site. On this site, you can choose from a range of topics. Once both parts are complete, your Site Safety Card will be renewed. We’ll have much more to say about this in the coming month.

At the start of the year we were excited to announce the recipients of the Certificate in Construction Site Safety scholarships. Eleven future health and safety leaders, including five Maori and Pasifika candidates, will now start their journey to complete Site Safe’s most advanced health and safety qualification. With more than 50 people applying for the programme, it was a tough decision to select just a handful. The applicants were very strong and well supported by their employers. At the Christchurch Women in Construction event, we took the opportunity to announce a new scholarship for women which will be available when scholarships open later this year.

On the topic of training, in November 2016, a new range of health and safety certificates were listed by the NZQA. This has prompted us to review Site Safe’s programme of study. We are working through the implications for the Certificate in Construction Site Safety, which Site Safe currently offers in partnership with Unitec. We have several years to complete any transition arrangements and there is no immediate impact on your trainees or graduates. If you’re interested in finding out more, please click here.

Kind regards,

Alison Molloy
Site Safe NZ - Chief Executive