NZSA security update

MSD and NZSA partner to provide Omicron staff resourcing service

We are pleased to advise that MSD and NZSA have partnered in developing a new and customised placement service that will allow us to attract casual, part-time and full time workers to support the security industry through Omicron enforced staff shortages.

This is a new one-off programme that sits outside of our Skills for Industry programme that focuses on assisting beneficiaries into full time contracts and instead will target all workers who can legally work in New Zealand and have the capacity to work on either a casual, part-time or full time contract basis. Whilst the current reported numbers infected with the Omicron variant are well below initial forecasts, it seems inevitable that numbers will surge and when combined with the isolation requirements for close contacts, this will have a major impact on the ability for security providers to meet contracted service delivery levels.

The new programme has commenced this week and will run through to 30 June 2022 and with national coverage.

Under the new programme, the NZSA will use our existing recruitment network and run a targeted advertising and social media campaign to identify potential candidates. These candidates will be screened to ensure they are “fit for purpose” for guarding and monitoring roles – including the ability to obtain a CoA (based on information provided) and demonstrating appropriate attitude and presentation.

We will refer these candidates to NZSA members who have registered with us on a first in first served basis and with the commitment that for those offered employment (casual, part-time or full time) the NZSA will apply for the Temporary Licence and access for the candidate to participate in a webinar facilitated by SkillsVR covering a basic introduction to security roles and the principles of managing conflict. The webinars have been developed with input from Quinton Swanson (Hard Target) and whilst they are not part of the CoA qualification, they will certainly assist the learners in their understanding of the CoA requirements and provide a good induction into security roles. Costs for the temporary licence application and webinar will be funded by MSD.

For those candidates who are offered employment, the NZSA will charge a nominal placement fee of $100 plus GST to cover our direct labour and marketing costs.

We have already received strong interest in the service from NZSA members who already participate in the Skills for Industry programme however if you wish to register or receive more information, please contact Andrea Charlton, National Training and Employment Services Manager on [email protected].

NZCiES Level 3 (Electrotechnology) and Level 4 (Electronic Security) Update

We have recently received confirmation that the NZCiES Level 4 has now been approved by TEC as a New Zealand Apprenticeship.

This means that in addition to the NZCiES being covered under the Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (Fees Free) through to 31 December 2022, employers can now also claim a subsidy of up to $1,000 per month under the Apprenticeship Boost programme.

Employers who sign workers up to the NZCiES Level 4 will need to apply for the Apprenticeship Boost payment through Work and Income. This scheme only runs to 4 August 2022 so employers should register promptly.

It is also pleasing to note that we now have clarity with regards to registering non New Zealander citizens into training agreements. Non New Zealander citizens can now be enrolled provided they have the right to work in New Zealand for the length of the training programme specified in the training agreement. If they have a work visa that allows them to work in New Zealand for three years, they can then enrol in a three-year training programme. As part of this, enrolment can only be for those employed in the industry and school leavers and the unemployed can no longer enrol.

There will be changes to the funding from 2023 and whilst these have yet to be disclosed, we remain hopeful that there will be a continued focus on supporting apprentices and their employers.

For further information please contact Carine Vaccari at ETEC on 022 568 6671 or [email protected].

Obituary notice – Tony Parker of Venue Response

It is with much sadness that we advise of the passing last weekend of Tony Parker, the owner and Managing Director of Venue Response (VR) Security in Rotorua.

Tony was a real character – old school in his business principles and ethics, fiercely loyal to his team and always striving to look after his staff and provide the best possible service to his customers.

Our thoughts are with Tony’s family and the wider VR whanau.

Support for Tonga

We are all aware of the devastation in Tonga following the recent Tsunami.

This has hit many in our industry given how the Tongan community is highly represented within our workforce and we applaud the efforts to date in providing support to the families back in Tonga.

We are aware that NZSA member Platform 4 Group (P4G) has donated $5,000 to the charity initiative driven by The Akanesi Mataitonga Trust which is focused on assisting Tonga’s children and would encourage other businesses who may be in a position to assist to also provide their support.

Face Mask Stock

The NZSA has Ministry of Health face masks from government stocks. These masks are Ministry of Health approved for essential services and are fully compliant with the new requirements as detailed above. The masks are available to order in boxes of 50 and the cost is $37.50 + gst per box ($0.75 per unit) for members and $50 + gst per box for non-members.

If you would like to place an order can you please email us at [email protected] with your requirements.

Kind regards,
The NZSA team.