Courses

These courses are designed to assist the development of a ‘World Class’ industry here in New Zealand by helping to shape the hearts and minds of those in and rising to leadership roles.

Supply Chain Management

February 2016

Thurs 25 and Fri 26
AUCKLAND

'The principles and knowledge of SCMs application to the management process.'
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Collaborative Working and Integrated Teams

March 2016

Thurs 17 and Fri 18
AUCKLAND

‘The principles and their application to the management process within corporate enterprise’
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Introduction to NEC AKLD

April 2016

Wed 20
AUCKLAND

‘Use this well established contract model to develop a sound understanding of the first principles and practices'
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Introduction to NEC CHCH

April 2016

Thurs 21
CHRISTCHURCH

‘Use this well established contract model to develop a sound understanding of the first principles and practices'
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Stakeholder & CustomerRelations Management

May 2016

Thurs 26
AUCKLAND

‘Introduction to the principles and their practical application’
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Conflict, Negotiation and Team Building

May 2016

Fri 27
AUCKLAND

'Effective team building, motivation, negation and managing conflict'
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YELLOW BELT Certification

June 2016

Tues 21 and Wed 22
AUCKLAND

‘Lean is a methodology for process improvement, essentially it is a technique for removing waste and improving flow in processes.’
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Programming for Better Commercial & Risk Mgmt CHCH

August 2016

Tues 23
CHRISTCHURCH

‘Typical programmes are produced when the contract is signed - well before people have fully grasped the project - then the programme is never updated and only referred to when things goes wrong.’
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YELLOW BELT Certification

April 2017

Tues 04 and Wed 05
AUCKLAND

‘Lean is a methodology for process improvement, essentially it is a technique for removing waste and improving flow in processes.’
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Advanced LAST PLANNER Workshop1

April 2017

Tues 11
AUCKLAND

‘Please note that this workshop is NOT FOR BEGINNERS, you MUST be involved in a current Last Planner implementation in order to participate.’
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GREEN BELT Practitioner

3 Day Course

MAY 09, JUN 13, JUL 11
AUCKLAND

‘LC tools deliver swift results if you have engaged the people at the workface or ‘Gemba’ in a culture of wanting to do things better. To achieve this, you will need to learn how to LEAD Lean Construction.’
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Advanced LAST PLANNER Workshop1

June 2017

Thurs 15
AUCKLAND

‘Please note that this workshop is NOT FOR BEGINNERS, you MUST be involved in a current Last Planner implementation in order to participate.’
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Excellence in Construction

Coming Soon

TBC

'Introduction to the principles of excellence in the management of construction business'
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Myers-Briggs

Coming Soon

TBC

'Introduction to the principles of Myers Briggs Personality Type'
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Leadership

Coming Soon

TBC

'Introduction to the principles of Leadership and their application to the management process within corporate enterprises'
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Communication Skills

Coming Soon

TBC

'Introduction to effective Communications skills'
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Business Strategy

Coming Soon

TBC

'Introductory to Corporate Strategy'
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BIM Awareness

Coming Soon

TBC

'Streamline processes throughout a building's lifecycle'
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Project Financial Analysis

Coming Soon

TBC

‘This is not accounting! This course tailored for the construction industry and the learning is married with practical situations.’
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Performance Measurement and Benchmarking

Coming Soon

TBC

‘Play your part in the benchmarking of the NZ construction industry and continuously improve your business at the same time!’
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Managing Change

Coming Soon

TBC

'Introduction to the principles of Managing Change and their application to the management process within corporate enterprises'
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Commercial & Contract Management

Coming Soon

TBC

‘When you start with choosing the contract form before even considering the risks, priorities and constraints you end up with a contract not fit for purpose.’
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Risk Control and Mitigation

Coming Soon

TBC

Auckland
‘The industry has for a long time been dominated by legends whose biggest claim to fame is generally putting out fires they lit themselves! Good Risk Management means you avoid lighting the fires.
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Programming for Better Commercial & Risk Mgmt AUCKLAND

Coming Soon

TBC

‘Typical programmes are produced when the contract is signed - well before people have fully grasped the project - then the programme is never updated and only referred to when things goes wrong.’
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Resilience

Coming Soon

TBC

‘When challenged or distressed, resilient people find a way to make things work! Gain a greater understanding of sign sand symptoms of high and low resilience at The Academy.’
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Performance Measurement and Benchmarking

Play your part in the benchmarking of the NZ construction industry and continuously improve your business at the same time!


“Always do what you’ve always done, and you’ll always have what you’ve always had!”

The problem

Stop and think for 2 minutes… What aspects of your organisation might you want to measure and improve? Why?

Clients often don’t look at what percentage of their projects are completed on time or to budget. It seems so basic but most organisations don’t do this. How can you improve your business if you don’t know how your business is performing?

How do you compare your business or projects to other businesses or projects?
How do your Health Authority projects perform against Education or Roading Authority projects?

Contractors traditionally have a bad reputation for customer service. To improve your customer service you need to know how to measure it, how to deal with it, and how to respond and improve it.


Project Financial Analysis

Correct Project Financial Evaluation requires you to think outside the box. If you are afraid to question the norm you will never build beyond the now.

“Do you pump water over the hill, build a channel around the hill, dig a tunnel through the hill, or do nothing?”

The problem

When deciding whether to undertake a project, what factors influence your decision?

Ideally you should carry out a share analysis for the past 5 years. However, it is not practical and sometimes not even possible to do so. Luckily, as the saying goes there’s more than one way to skin a cat!

The answer is Financial Evaluation, the practical application of using the value of the asset to make or break the project.

The Academy Project Financial Evaluation sets out the framework as well as covering the fundamentals required to assess whether to take on a project.


Risk Control and Mitigation

How risky is your company?

riskmanage-course

“The industry has for a long time been dominated by legends whose biggest claim to fame is generally putting out fires they lit themselves! Good Risk Management means you avoid lighting the fires.” – Tutor, Trevor Kempton”

The problem

Often you only start thinking about risk management after a series of disasters, never after the first – which is typically explained as just a ‘one-off’.

It can take some time to accept that the disasters might reflect an ongoing risk specific to you business.

Your first response to a series of disasters is often tactical and attempts to deal with the issues in a localised way. Almost invariably such tactics will only treat the immediate symptoms and may transfer problems to another part of the business.

Professionals wrongly identify risk and seize a solution, which after development has not only added a range of new initially unforeseen risks, but also done nothing to eliminate the original risk and added considerable cost. This is the norm for an industry that performs best by putting out the fires it’s lit itself!

The Academy Risk Control and Mitigation sets out the benefits offered by a “whole of enterprise” strategic risk management framework as well as covering the fundamentals of treating risk.


Commercial and Contract Management

The Academy helps you manage the risks you face in choice of contract throughout the procurement process

“Half the people on the course went home with a different procurement approach for their current project than what they had envisioned”

The problem

In every construction job we struggle with the trickery surrounding the choice of contract form. Traditionally choice of contract is inconsistent and doesn’t result in a ‘best for project’ outcome – costs creep up, time extensions often occur and there is little transparency.

When you start by choosing the contract form before even considering the risks, priorities and constraints you end up with a contract not fit for purpose.

Breaking from tradition is the solution!


Resilience

When challenged or distressed, resilient people find a way to make things work.

resilience-course

“A gram of prevention is worth a tonne of cure.”

The problem

Are you getting tired or not sleeping well? Are your relationships with others being affected? Are you reacting to situations rather than responding? Do you have time or resource management issues? Do your staff complain about feeling burnt out? These are all signs of low resilience… Almost everyone will struggle at times to cope with stress or adversity.

An international survey by workplace provider firm Regus found 60 per cent of New Zealand respondents were seeing more stress-related illnesses at work, such as headaches and panic attacks. A third said they were having difficulty sleeping because of work worries and a quarter were worried about losing their jobs.

When times are tough we have two choices: we can find a constructive way to deal with the situation and solve the problem or we can ignore it and hope it will go away.

Resilience refers to how we deal with adversity, set backs or disappointments.

Your personal resilience and your team members’ resilience is important in maintaining productivity, staff retention and very important in everyone’s life/work balance.

One of the latest amendments to the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 includes occupational stress as a workplace “harm” or “hazard”. If found to be in breach of the Act, employers may be fined up to $500,000 and/or receive up to two years’ imprisonment. It is your legal responsibility to manage your staffs’ stress levels.

The Academy Resilience course shows you how to understand what you need to build your own resilience and resilience in your staff.


Lean Construction and Last Planner

Hands-on, engaging Lean for your company

“Lean is a methodology for process improvement, essentially it is a technique for removing waste and improving flow in processes. It can be universally applied across many industries, services and projects. Anything you do can be perfected, but the Lean tools enable you to focus on the root issues.”

The problem

Many New Zealand companies strive to understand what it is that they can and should improve. Your existing processes are often broken i.e. take too long, have too many defects, have too much variation, are too expensive or produce too much waste, etc.

Lean is becoming the process improvement toolkit of choice; capable of fixing the broken by focusing on the root causes to eliminate waste and improve flow in processes.

Lean can be used for either small incremental spot improvements or undertaken as a high-level end-to-end whole process improvement.

In the Academy’s Lean Construction course you learn to not jump to solutions but to look at the data, the issues and the root causes and to see what this tells you. Don’t go from the problem straight to the solution but to follow the logic of the road map, this will lead you to the best outcome.


Programming

This is NOT a Microsoft Project course! (Or Primavera for that matter)

programming-course

“If you want to justify your extension of time claims then you need a source of truth – a live, well-designed programme with buy-in from all stakeholders.”

The problem

Whether you are a contractor, a consultant or a client, a reputation of poor programme management is common in this industry.

This is because typical programmes are produced when the contract is signed – well before people have fully grasped the project – and then the programme is never updated. Gant charts are produced and stuck on the wall and only referred to when things goes wrong.

Is your programme ever out of date?
Does it accurately reflect your current project works?
Probably not!

When things go wrong it is instinctive to turn to the programme, but how can extension of time claims be justified or assessed when the programme is out of date?

The Academy’s Programming for Better Commercial and Risk Management course shows you how programming needs be treated as a management tool that will help you identify who needs to do what and when…


Supply Chain Management

Bringing together ‘world class’ thinking.

“Learn from an experienced procurement practitioner and a Professor from AUT”

The problem

How effectively does your business establish and maintain supply relationships?


Collaborative Working and Integrated Teams

New Zealand ‘Boom Bust’ Case Study

collaborative working course

“Supporting the sharing and flow of information”

Principles of Integration and Collaborative Working,

Managing an Integrated Team,
Managing Integrated Operations,
New Zealand “Boom Bust Case” Study – and industry review.?

 

Scroll through the timeline below to see the available courses

Supply Chain Management

February 2016

Thurs 25 to Fri 26

'Introduction to the basic principles of Supply Chain Management (SCM) and their application to the management process within corporate enterprises.'
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Collaborative Working and Integrated Teams

March 2016

Thurs 17 to Fri 18

‘An introduction to the basic principles of Collaborative Working and their application to the management process within corporate enterprises’
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An Introduction to NEC

April 2016

Apr 20

Auckland
‘Use this well established contract model to develop sound understanding of the first principles and practices of delivering building and infrastructure works'
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Intro to NEC

April 2016

Apr 21

Christchurch
‘Use this well established contract model to develop sound understanding of the first principles and practices of delivering building and infrastructure works'
Read more

Lean Construction and Last Planner

April 2016

Thurs 28 to Fri 29

‘Lean is a methodology for process improvement, essentially it is a technique for removing waste and improving flow in processes. It can be universally applied across many industries, services and projects.’
Read more

Stakeholder and CRM

May 2016

Thurs 26

‘Introduction to the principles of Stakeholder & Customer Relationship Management and their practical application’
Read more

Conflict, Negotiation and Team Building

May 2016

Fri 27

'Introduction to effective team building, motivation, negation and managing conflict'
Read more

Programming for Better Commercial and Risk Mgmt

May 2015

Tues 5

‘Typical programmes are produced when the contract is signed - well before people have fully grasped the project - then the programme is never updated and only referred to when things goes wrong.’
Read more

Construction Excellence

July 2016

Thurs 28 to Fri 29

'Introduction to the principles of excellence in the management of construction business'
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Myers-Briggs

July 2016

Fri 29

'Introduction to the principles of Myers Briggs Personality Type'
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Leadership

August 2016

Thurs 25

'Introduction to the principles of Leadership and their application to the management process within corporate enterprises'
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Communication Skills

August 2016

Fri 26

'Introduction to Effective Communications Skills'
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Resilience

September 2015



‘When challenged or distressed, resilient people find a way to make things work! Gain a greater understanding of sign sand symptoms of high and low resilience at The Academy.’
Read more

Business Strategy

September 2016

Thurs 29

'Introductory to Corporate Strategy'
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Project Financial Analysis

September 2016

Fri 30

‘This is not accounting! This course tailored for the construction industry and the learning is married with practical situations.’
Read more

Technology Enablers (BIM)

September 2016

Fri 30

'Streamline processes throughout a building's lifecycle'
Read more

Performance Measurement and Benchmarking

October 2016

Thurs 27 to Fri 28

‘Play your part in the benchmarking of the NZ construction industry and continuously improve your business at the same time!’
Read more

Managing Change

October 2016

Fri 28

'Introduction to the principles of Managing Change and their application to the management process within corporate enterprises'
Read more

Commercial and Contract Management

Coming Soon

TBC

‘When you start with choosing the contract form before even considering the risks, priorities and constraints you end up with a contract not fit for purpose. Breaking from tradition is the Solution!
Read more

Risk Control and Mitigation

Coming Soon

TBC

‘The industry has for a long time been dominated by legends whose biggest claim to fame is generally putting out fires they lit themselves! Good Risk Management means you avoid lighting the fires.’
Read more