New Zealand has a housing crisis that can only be cured by building thousands more new homes. Unfortunately New Zealand has a major shortage of qualified builders and other trades people, and this lol seriously delay the building of the new homes and what happened very least make them a lot more expensive then otherwise would be the case.
This shortage of skilled labour is a direct result of government and business policies over the years that simply failed to predict the shortage. The problem in New Zealand is that starting an apprenticeship in any sort of building trade is not seem to be nearly as glamorous or as potentially lucrative is studying for a degree and working and some sort of profession. Young men are not encouraged to join an apprenticeship and even worse, this option barely registers for young women.
This focus on producing a highly skilled and professional workforce it ignores the fact that trades people also need to be deeply skilled, and that tradespeople can also have a very satisfying and lucrative career. The problem is that while government and business recognise that our country’s infrastructure across all sectors needs massive investment, this investment also must be matched by a skilled trade workforce to actually do the work on the ground. In particular modern building and construction techniques for all trades require working with Hi Tech equipment in an extremely efficient and proficient way. This applies to all trades including builders, plumbers, electricians, heating and ventilating, painting and decorating, drainage and the list goes on.
As a consequence infrastructure companies have had to import skilled labour at considerable expense, which drives up the cost. In some areas such as telecommunications, there is such worldwide competition for skilled labour that infrastructure companies had had to employ skilled labour from countries without the service culture of New Zealand. The impact of this is a serious decline in service quality for telecommunications customers using phone lines for example.
Unfortunately for New Zealand these skilled labour shortage can not be fixed quickly, as it requires a significant change of culture throughout the system starting as early as Middle School. Young people coming through High School need to understand there are perfectly satisfying and lucrative career is available for them in the trades, and even better, they can start an apprenticeship and get paid a decent wage while studying for this career and gaining qualifications. And even better still, they will come out the other end with a very good salary, very good long term job prospects and zero University debts. They are the best builders Hamilton has to offer. Some studies show that highly paid professional University graduates can take 15 to 20 years minimum to even catch up financially to their counterparts who started out as apprentices after leaving school.