The Future Leaders initiative started as a discussion between NZCB staff, members and apprentices who took part in our annual Apprentice Challenge competition. The concept was to identify and develop emerging talent as the future leaders of NZCB. Introducing them to professional and business skills required to succeed in the industry.

The inaugural Future Leaders programme saw eighteen selected attendees assemble in Wellington on the 22-23 of October. While most of the attendees are nearing the end of their apprenticeship training, there were also a handful who had recently completed.  All are now contemplating, what’s next?  When asked, who of you aspire to become a self-employed business owner, and or run a building site within the next 1 – 5 years, it was surprising but pleasing to see all hands were raised.

The two-day schedule was designed to extend and introduce the group to the next stage of their development. It included four keynote speakers, industry site visits to BRANZ and Parliament, as well as a networking social activity.  Many thanks to NZCB’s Zac Wilkinson and Adrian Reid for sharing your no-frills ‘School of Hard Knocks’ recipes for success.

Our thanks and appreciation to Derek Heard – GM Trade, Mitre 10 and Juliet Clendon – Senior Technical Advisor from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) for presenting to the group, furthering their knowledge, understanding and giving insight to the future of our industry.

On behalf of Grant Florence and all members of NZCB, we wish each of the best of luck for taking the next step and look forward to having you as members of NZ’s only building trade association that requires a qualification for membership.

Nick Matthews – BDM, South Island.