The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is currently working to make skills and training development a requirement for construction procurement projects valued at over $10 million and this will likely take effect next year.
However, Economic Development Minister David Parker and Building and Construction Minister Jenny Salesa have agreed that Government agencies should take the lead in setting good construction procurement practice as soon as possible.
"There's no 'one size fits all' solution to the delivery of complex infrastructure, but there are good practices that can be more consistently applied."
"Government agencies can use their capital investment to find ways to partner more effectively with the construction sector to deliver better value, and better outcomes, for New Zealand," David Parker said.
The voluntary Construction Procurement Guidelines were developed in conjunction with the industry in 2015 and provide direction on areas such as considering whole-of-life costs and outcomes and the appropriate allocation of risk.
"They have told us that consistent use of these Guidelines will be positive for the sector as a whole.
"This has been a long-standing issue that has contributed to a shortfall of about 30,000 construction workers. Creating a more sustainable construction sector for New Zealand means we need to invest in workforce development and training," said Jenny Salesa.
The Government Rules of Sourcing, which are used in conjunction with the Guidelines, will be updated to include a new requirement for agencies to provide evidence that the Guidelines have been considered. This is expected to come into effect next year.
(With Inputs from New Zealand Government Press Release)