CE Update - November 2018

13 Nov 2018

As many of you will know, I took up the role of Chief Executive at Site Safe in September. These first few months have been fairly action packed as I’ve travelled up and down the country getting to know the organisation and meeting as many of the team, and our members, as possible.

This last quarter has included some real highlights for Site Safe as an organisation, including the successful completion of our NZQA review. NZQA have reconfirmed our status as the highest category of private training establishment provider (Category One) and found our training programmes are robust and meet the highest possible standards. This means we continue to lead the field in terms of quality health and safety training in New Zealand. This result is a real tribute to the hard work and effort put in by the wider organisation.

Another exciting development is that NZQA have given us approval to independently provide a new programme leading to the award of the new NZ Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety (Level 3). This is a National Certificate level qualification and receiving this endorsement further highlights NZQA’s confidence in our training and processes. From January, this new programme will replace our current Certificate in Construction Site Safety, which is delivered in partnership with Unitec. The Certificate in Construction Site Safety will remain a valid qualification for all those that currently hold it. Transitional arrangements will be made for those who are currently enrolled in the old programme.

In other news, I was pleased to announce we have received funding from the Building Research Levy to assist us in conducting an in-depth study into suicide in the construction industry. As part of this research, we will be looking into over 330 coroner’s cases, so we can shed some light on the possible drivers behind the industry’s high suicide rate. Understanding this problem is a vital first step to prevention and we look forward to working with industry to tackle this complex and challenging issue. Site Safe will be conducting this research in partnership with the Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ). My thanks to all of you who have already expressed an interest in getting behind this research.

This year we have awarded 16 scholarships to deserving candidates in the industry. The recipients will receive free training and a dedicated mentor to help them complete our certificate programme. These are real-life skills which will not only extend their individual career opportunities but enrich the industry as a whole.

These scholarship winners are just some of the success stories in our industry; many more will be recognised at our annual awards and graduation this November. Our gala Evening of Celebration event was held on November 7 at Alexandra Park. This year we had a record number of over 320 graduates around the country and many of them crossed the stage on the night. For those unable to attend the main Auckland event, we will also be holding after-work graduation events with guest speakers in Christchurch and Wellington later in November.

Earlier this month the Senior Leadership Team undertook a planning session to ensure our business planning and strategic goals are in line with the key priorities identified in our recent review. While challenging, I believe this was a constructive process which will help us to ensure that we deliver even better products, services and leadership in the future. We will be consulting with staff on the main goals that came out of this session and will be communicating these to members later this year.

Over the coming months, I’ll be getting out and about and taking the time to meet with as many members as possible. I look forward to having some open and productive conversations, so if you are a member and would like to get in touch, please do contact me.

Ngā mihi

Brett Murray
Site Safe Chief Executive