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OPINION

Driving

success

Building Service Contractors New Zealand (BSCNZ) CEO Sarah McBride provides an update on the association’s latest initiatives ahead of its upcoming industry conference.

BSCNZ is the voice of the commercial cleaning sector in New Zealand. As the only representative body for the industry, BSCNZ provides a cohesive voice to key stakeholders and helps to drive change on behalf of the industry. BSCNZ members work together to raise the standards of our industry. This is achieved, in part, through our extensive auditing process; proving certified members have voluntarily gone above expected standards to validate their commitment to ethical and sustainable practices within the industry. In addition, BSCNZ lobbies government on behalf of members. Most recently BSCNZ lobbied government to raise the concerns over long-term labour shortages as our sector continues to struggles engaging and retaining workers. There is a risk that pending changes to immigration law could potentially perpetuate this concern.  After gaining an understanding of current issues faced BSCNZ, the Honourable Will Jackson requested the Ministry of Social Development engage with BSCNZ, stating: “My focus is on increasing employment, and improving employment conditions in the security, forestry and cleaning sectors.” This collaboration has been very beneficial, and as a result, BSCNZ, in association with the Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni, are pleased to announce the launch of an Industry Partnership Programme. Under the agreement BSCNZ will become the national work broker for the commercial cleaning industry. The contract, which will commence from October 2019, will enable us and our members to work with the Ministry of Social Development to identify and assess candidates suitable for work in the commercial cleaning sector.  BSCNZ will directly screen potential candidates and offer employment to audited members. In addition, to further assist with promoting careers within the commercial cleaning sector, the Ministry of Social Development and BSCNZ have jointly funded the production of short videos to promote the work of the industry. The videos will be able to be viewed on our website and will also be made available to members for career days, gateway programmes and other similar employment activities.  Details of the programme will be made available to all audited BSCNZ members, this will include details of the subsidies made 34 INCLEANNZ August 2019

available to employers. These subsidies will help support training and induction costs.  A similar version of this programme is currently running with the NZ Security Association. New Zealand’s security industry is understood to have a staff turnover rate of 80 per cent in the first six months.

“BSCNZ, in association with the Minister for Social are pleased to announce the launch of an Industry Partnership Programme. Under the agreement BSCNZ will become the national work broker for the commercial cleaning industry.” However, individuals placed in the Industry Partnership Programme have equated to 75 per cent retention, which has been deemed by all parties as a great success for all involved. The programme will officially launch at the upcoming BSCNZ Driving Success Conference. Held over two days at the prestigious Hilton in Taupo, the conference will bring together more than 120 of New Zealand’s leading commercial cleaning operators, distributors, manufacturers and suppliers. An array of exceptional local and international speakers will inspire you to drive success in your business and through your leadership, while providing opportunity to network with others from the commercial cleaning industry. We look forward to seeing you all at the conference as well as sharing the results of the programme once the initiative is embedded. For more information for the conference please visit www.bsc.org.nz

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