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NZ investment to train heavy machinery operators

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) in New Zealand will invest up to NZ$4.3 million to help establish a state-of-the-art heavy machinery operator training centre in Northland to address skills shortages and grow jobs. Source: Timberbiz

“The talent pool of experienced people working as heavy machinery operators is reducing every year as workers retire or move on, making it difficult for companies to fill vacant roles with qualified candidates,” Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones said.

The skills shortage is chronic in Northland where a lot infrastructure and construction work is underway and the forestry, wood processing and agriculture sectors are expanding. The vacancies exceed the available labour pool.

“The training centre will develop a skilled, work-ready workforce in Northland, focusing on heavy machine operators for the civil, forestry, farming and construction sectors,” Minister Jones said.

“Wilson Earthmoving Group Limited has the experience having set up a temporary training centre in Whangarei and investing their own money in purchasing state-of-the-art simulators and machinery. They also have had the input and support of the local industry.

“The new technology they use helps trainees be more accurate, productive and safe and makes it easier for them to progress from a simulated environment to the worksite.”