SCNZ was proud to present Steel Agenda 2018 on Friday 28 September.
Rotorua put on a fantastic spring display for SCNZ's annual AGM and Conference Steel. With 60 plus attendees, Steel Agenda energized participants and fuelled ideas.
Darren outlined the various marketing, educational and facilitating success activities; and reminded members of the importance of continuing to support SCNZ by attending events, reading newsletters, attaining SFC certification, etc.
Mark Smith, ASB Senior Economist, entertained the audience with his humorous “Trade Wars” presentation, in which he outlined the global and NZ economic growth forecasts and drew attention to key themes of technological disruption, population ageing and structural decline in interest rates.
Inspirational keynote speaker, Dale Williams, then returned to Steel Agenda after his passionate and entertaining talk in 2017 to update us on his endeavours over the last year. The community employment champion and former Otorohanga mayor reminded delegates that “young people can and will future-proof your business”.
To grow, meet demand and be sustainable, our industry must have a youth-to-work strategy and a strong trade-focussed offering. Dale urged SCNZ members to engage with young people, build relationships with them, invest in them, employ them and train them.
HERA’s Michail Karpenko concluded the afternoon’s series of instructive and compelling presentations with his overview of the SFC scheme, which included the launch of SFC: Erection and the new SFC/HERA workshop: SFC for Beginners.
Gala Awards Dinner
Thank you to our sponsors – Steelforce and Akzonobel International – and to the SCNZ staff who worked tirelessly to make this event such a success.
Andrew Boyd, Auckland Council, presenting on "Demonstrating compliant structural steel"
SCNZ members enjoying an economic and humorous update from Mark Smith, ASB
Acrobatic entertainment during the Gala Dinner
SCNZ Gala Awards Dinner 2018