Housing boom prompts new ‘tradies’ programme

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Future-Proof Building announces seminars to upskill builders and electricians and to boost industry know-how

Thousands of “tradies” around New Zealand are being offered a free educational programme to boost their business skills beyond the work site as the industry booms.

The first-of-its-kind series of seminars is being run by Future-Proof Building to help the country’s 125,000 builders, electricians and other specialists keep abreast of new regulations and products, and widen their business skills.

Strategic marketing
The nationwide seminar series will reveal industry insights and trends, and provide presentations on management skills, including accounting and finance practice, enhanced customer service, strategic marketing and building strong relationships with on-site suppliers.

“Future-Proof Building believes in not only building the best properties for the future, but also investing in the people who build them,” Future-Proof Building general manager Richard Gough says.
“There are more than 125,000 tradespeople working in New Zealand, and it is important they have access to the tools they need, on and off site.”

Latest innovations
As well as educational presentations, the Future-Proof Building National Tradeshows Series 2014 will include demonstrations of the latest innovations and product solutions, and more than 30 different trade stands.

There is also a chance to network with peers over breakfast.
“We are aware that time off-site is time not billed.

“So we have created a forum where builders, electricians and other specialist trades can learn about what’s new in the market, see the products, be updated on regulations that affect them, talk to their peers and get professional advice on running their business — and all in one location,” Mr Gough says.
“It’s a few hours well spent.

“Our aim is to help them create a point of difference in their business, and give them a competitive edge and access to the tools they need. Ultimately, this all leads to the betterment of our industry.”

The series will be held across 13 cities, starting with two Auckland venues in May, and provides an opportunity for Licensed Building Practitioners of New Zealand to get trade points as part of their ongoing skills maintenance requirements.
The events are being supported by Future-Proof Building partners Carters, J A Russell, Stewarts and Radcliffes. A series for plumbers is also planned for 2014.

To register for your nearest Future-Proof Building National Tradeshows Series event, go to the FPB web site at www.fpb.co.nz/fpb-tradeshows.