Site Safe to lead review of foundational training

18 Feb 2021

Leading construction industry safety association Site Safe has started work with industry representatives from the vertical and civil sectors to revise its entry level Foundation Passport training. 

With an initial focus on its popular– Building Construction and Civil courses, the foundational level courses are recognised as the minimum requirement for site access on most major construction sites across the country. 

Following a series of workshops run with the industry, Site Safe has pulled together an Industry Steering Group of 15 representatives from across the vertical and civil construction sectors to oversee the revision of its key Foundation Passport courses. The steering group will work alongside Site Safe’s development team to ensure that the courses meet the evolving needs of the industry with a focus on critical risk awareness, communication, and good work practices.

Site Safe chief executive, Brett Murray, says he is pleased with the support and confidence expressed by industry to develop two of its popular courses for these sectors.  

“It is important to note that Site Safe is not a private business, we are a not-for-profit industry association that was created by the industry to provide, among other things, leadership in  health and safety training. Because of that, we place huge importance on maintaining a close connection with the industry when we are designing and delivering products and services for the sector so that they are high value and fit for purpose.   

“Maintaining that close connection also ensures that our relationship with industry remains strong and their teams gain a better learning experience as a result.”

Brett says the next step for this project is to continue working with the Industry Steering Group and industry nominated subject matter experts to develop a high-quality learning experience.

“We are aiming to launch the reviewed Foundation Passport courses towards the end of 2021. But before that happens, there is plenty of work to do. Closer to the end of the project we will also invite a cross section from industry representatives to take part in course trials.

“The trial feedback will help us confirm we have hit the mark before we roll out the new courses which will become the new standard for industry foundational training.

“After launching the classroom course, we will also release the two courses as a fully online option.”

The building construction and civil sector industry steering group includes expert representation from:

  • Aspec
  • Brosnan Construction
  • Civil Contractors New Zealand
  • Dominion Constructors Ltd
  • Hawkins
  • Fulton Hogan
  • HEB Construction
  • ICON
  • Kalmar
  • Leighs Construction
  • Naylor Love
  • NZ Strong
  • New Zealand Defence Force
  • Summerset Construction
  • Teak Construction