The main Steel Agenda Conference then kicked off with Andrew Boyd, Senior Building Consent Project Manager, Auckland Council. Andrew gave a presentation entitled, ‘Demonstrating compliant structural steel – We’ve never been asked that before?” and clarified what the requirement for compliant structural steel is intended to address.
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.