Manufacturing, engineering and logistics

The manufacturing and engineering and logistic industry challenges:

Challenges in accessing talent

The New Zealand manufacturing and engineering sectors face challenges in accessing talent and training programmes to improve the capability and confidence of existing workforces to adapt to digitalisation processes.

Skilled Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining workers

New Zealand manufacturing and engineering businesses require skilled Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining workers to remain productive and competitive. However, current responses are not producing the skills required and are not fit-for purpose.

The primary products food processing industry

Requires competent entry level employees with the skills and knowledge to work in a laboratory, environmental or product quality role, in a primary products food processing operation.

Skills development pathway

The New Zealand transport engineering industry requires a clear and concise industry-respected skills development pathway for Transport Engineers.

Logistic industry

There are severe skill and progression gaps in Auckland’s large logistic industry, with continuing shortages of class 3 and 5 truck drivers and bus drivers regularly reported

Recommendations and insights to address challenges

The following are recommendations from various hui and engagements to address these challenges:

Current demand considerations for skills and workforce challenges in Auckland – Manufacturing

There is a growing focus on developing automotive electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure in Auckland, as businesses and government agencies work to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector this includes the Electric bus in Auckland conducted by Auckland Transport.

As this EV automotive industry in Auckland grows rapidly, there is strong demand for skilled CNC machining workers to work on projects related to the design and manufacturing of automotive components. CNC machining workers and skills are now required more and more in Auckland, as CNC machining is a crucial technology in the manufacturing industry, and there is a high demand for skilled workers in this field across a range of projects. CNC machining is used to create precision parts for a wide range of industries in the Auckland region, including:

  • aerospace
  • automotive
  • medical
  • consumer goods.

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Last updated: 13 June 2023