2019 survey results

In March this year we undertook a membership survey. During the recent roadshows we have been going through the results. If you missed these, or want to further review the results please click here to get all the detail

Window film could even out the indoor temperature using solar energy.

​A window film with a specially designed molecule could be capable of taking the edge off the worst midday heat and instead distributing it evenly from morning to evening. The molecule has the unique ability to capture energy from the sun’s rays and release it later as heat. Read more here. Why don’t they just introduce these molecules into the glass???

Does formal training increase profit?

We support the NZQA recognised training of staff, but employers have a choice whether they train staff through NZQA recognised industry training programmes, such as those offered by BCITO, or simply allow them to gain skills informally on-the-job.

Having workers with high trade skills and knowledge flows through to increased revenues, reduced rework and wastage costs, and therefore higher profits.  Industry training can both raise the level of a staff member’s skills and knowledge as well as accelerating the rate at which proficiency is gained.

The BCITO has worked with the Association and others in the National Advisory Groups to develop a return on investment tool for training in your business. You’ll get your ROI result as soon as you complete the tool along with an industry ROI average result.  You’ll also get an email with the dollar value so you have the information, can look at more info on the tool and contact the BCITO.

Take a couple of minutes now to complete the tool and get your results:

Training investment tool for Glass & Glazing

Training investment tool for Architectural Aluminium Joinery.

Employment law update

Employment Court decision puts the cat among the pigeons on overtime.  Employees can refuse to work overtime if there’s no availability provision in their employment contracts. How will this affect productivity?

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Fletcher-commissioned Deloitte report shows building material costs are low…….

The cost of building materials in New Zealand account for between 16-24 percent of the cost of residential housing development costs, depending on the type of building and location, according to a study by accounting firm Deloitte.

Fletcher chief executive Ross Taylor says in a statement that the Deloitte report was a response to the “lack of fact-based research on what is driving costs in New Zealand. We believe it provides valuable information to help move the discussion forward and work on solutions to address housing affordability.” Read the full report below:

Advicewise reports on health and safety prosecutions, and…..

…..concludes that the total for these few cases from last month (February) alone comes to $2.047 million.  That’s the cash cost of the prosecutions.  Add the cost of lost time and productivity (especially for the directors and management) and the picture that emerges is of business unnecessarily losing several millions of dollars every month. Read more here