Workforce Central Dunedin Building Momentum
By Workforce Central Dunedin | Posted: Sunday December 6, 2020
After many months working behind the scenes with the various parties, the Otago Chamber of Commerce was delighted to be part of the official launch of Workforce Central Dunedin last Friday.
Workforce Central Dunedin (WFCD) has been established to address the main risk of supplying the workforce and skills needed for the New Dunedin Hospital build. The vision for WFCD is to connect the community to the project and to provide a conduit for people who want to be involved with the build. Additionally, WFCD aims to support workers onsite by providing a comprehensive induction process, ongoing training and upskilling, and well-being support to help maintain a high level of productivity.
WFCD’s vision is to both support and improve the construction sector by engaging new and potential workers, paying attention to their career progression, including thorough ongoing attention to training, focusing on workers’ wellbeing, and ensuring standards of health and safety are promoted. A thorough comprehensive induction, and a view to seriously increase wellbeing, diversity and productivity across the Construction sector is key to WFCD. This vision aligns closely with the NZ Construction Accord & The Construction Skills Action Plan. We will be successful if our practices and norms are adopted by other major capital projects.
WFCD is based across the road from the New Dunedin Hospital Build and coordinates:
· On-Site Recruitment & Employment
· On-Site Training & Upskilling
· School & Community Engagement
· Induction Support for Site Workers
The Otago Chamber of Commerce has employed two experienced and knowledgeable people to deliver the Workforce Central Dunedin initiative:
Mark Cartwright - General Manager of WFCD comes from a nine-year career at the BCITO as the Southern Regional Manager where he was responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of the region across 16 construction trades. Through this role, he built strong relationships across the construction sector and within the Southland/Otago region. Additionally, Mark has been a strong advocate of diversity within the sector including championing the ‘Women in Trades’ program with his team which contributed to the Southern region having the highest participation levels of females in construction related trades nationally.
Jessica Thompson - Community Engagement Coordinator for WFCD comes from an extensive career in education where she has spent the past eight and a half years working at Otago Polytechnic. Having led the establishment of He Toki, a Māori and Pasifika trade training initiative, in Dunedin and Cromwell, her passion and drive for helping people achieve their education to employment goals is undeniable. Jessica is very whānau and community oriented and would like to see as many local people connected to the New Dunedin Hospital build. “When we stand alone, we are somewhat vulnerable, but when we stand together, we are unbreakable. And it is together that our community will help build the New Dunedin Hospital.” Jessica encourages anyone with a dream of entering the construction industry to get in touch with her and make the first step today!
Jessica is second from the left in the photo above, Mark is standing to her right.