95ad2e9854c7ace93d3646d9c8a49787.jpg 1
Calder Stewart Industries


Building Our Team

Recruitment Initiatives Take on a Public Face

20/03/2015 - Milton - With a staff 400+ strong and a workload that continues to grow, Calder Stewart’s HR Team is having a fresh new look at its recruitment strategies.

If you asked Recruitment Coordinator CHERYL JENKINS and HR Manager DENISE COOPER what is the biggest challenge in bringing skilled labour into the Calder Stewart workforce, they’d likely tell you it’s the keen competition. “Everywhere you look, there are any number of companies looking for skilled workers to fill construction roles - especially in Christchurch. But competition is strong in the North Island market as well. At the end of the day you simply have a short supply of qualified workers available and that makes recruiting a considerable challenge,” they explain.
“This shortage has required companies to find new relevant channels to get their recruitment message out”, mentions Cheryl.

In the case of Calder Stewart, Internet specialist QJumpers has been brought in, connecting Calder Stewart’s job vacancy listings to high traffic employment websites such as seek.co.nz and trademe.co.nz. This allows Calder Stewart job openings to be made visible to a much larger audience. “Our visibility has expanded significantly and we are getting a better pool of candidates directly applying for Calder Stewart positions,” mentions Cheryl.

Another approach of getting the recruitment message out in front of the public has been our recent billboard and advertising initiatives. By putting a friendly face on the Calder Stewart name and brand - our distinctive image as a builder is reinforced - setting our message apart.

And when the HR team has not been able to fill skilled positions from the national pool - they have looked overseas - with encouraging results. Working with outside service providers, a core group of skilled workers from overseas have been brought into the Calder Stewart fold - enabling us to meet the needs of our busy divisions. The success of these overseas initiatives is thanks in large part to the efforts of Calder Stewart’s new Settlement Coordinator JO WILKINSON, who has teamed up with Cheryl. Together they are handling all the particulars of bringing workers into New Zealand which include issues related to immigration, job permits and settling into local accommodations. Thanks to the programme a number of vacancies at Calder Stewart Precast have been filled by a hard working group of immigrants, who are having no problems learning the ropes from our experienced staff and getting accustomed to work in New Zealand.

“With Calder Stewart’s future outlook looking good, it is no wonder we’re attractive to those looking for a long term stability and opportunities for career advancement”, mentions Support Services General Manager DARREN EVANS. “Even our Employee Referral Policy has proven successful, where referrals are on average more experienced - since our staff recognise key candidate qualifications. Seen as a whole, our recruitment efforts has been a team effort”.

Calder Stewart Assists Fiji Rebuild »

Coordinated through Rotary Club of Mosgiel - 16/05/2016 - Milton - Calder Stewart Roofing was approached by the The Rotary Club of Mosgiel among other… - more »

New Sponsorship Directions »

Committee Formed - 29/09/2015 - Christchurch - Calder Stewart’s newly established Donations and Sponsorship Programme committee has come about due to… - more »

Birchdale Dairy »

Ashburton Team Completes Another Dairy Shed - 29/09/2015 - Ashburton - Our Ashburton construction team has completed another rural project, this time a 60 bale… - more »

Thrifty Premises »

Client Thrilled With New Christchurch Home - 29/09/2015 - Christchurch - Thrifty Car Rental of New Zealand has new premises, thanks to land sourced from… - more »

Dry Store @ Pahiatua »

Latest North Island Project Handed Over to Fonterra - 29/09/2015 - Pahiatua - Calder Stewart's most recent construction project for client Fonterra, a new 21,000m² dry store… - more »

Revolution in the Making »

New Company Formed Around Harvesting Strategy - 29/09/2015 - Milton - Calder Stewart Forestry Manager CRAIG MAAKA is wearing a new cap these days -… - more »

Innovation Award »

New Factory Gets National Award from HERA - 04/09/2015 - Milton -It was a proud moment for Steel Manager SEAN LLOYD, who, on behalf of Calder… - more »

299 Durham Street »

Newest Commercial Office & Retail Complex Ready for Tenants - 01/09/2015 - Christchurch - Once again, Calder Stewart Site Manager DOUG SMITH and his construction team have turned… - more »

Synlait Office & Laboratory »

New Design & Build Project Now Becoming a Reality - 26/08/2015…more »

Dream Workshop »

Showcase Project for Christchurch’s Paul Kelly - 21/08/2015…more »

Foodstuffs: An Enterprise Effort »

Advanced Christchurch Distribution Centre Takes Shape - 25/04/2015…more »

Vodafone In the Limelight »

New State-of-the-Art Christchurch Faciity Announced - Vodafone’s…more »

We Design & Build Solutions »

CHEP New Zealand Turns to Calder Stewart for Solutions - 16/04/2015…more »

Fonterra: North Island Projects »

Key Construction Projects Move Forward - 16/04/2015…more »

PowerNet Limited - Invercargill »

Unique in More Ways Than One - 15/04/2015…more »

Safety Report Update: 2015 - Q1 »

Calder Stewart Setting an Industry Leading Trend - 25/03/2015…more »

A Rugged High-Country Build »

Earnscleugh Station in Central Otago Now Completed - 21/03/2014…more »

Taking a ‘Systems Approach’ »

New Project Showcases Our Dairy Barn Systems - 21/03/2015…more »

Sponsorship: Southern Sinfonia »

Festival of Colour 2015 Concert Planned - 08/12/2014…more »

An Exceptional Build »

351 Lincoln Road Commercial Office Complex Completed - 16/10/2014…more »

100 Moorhouse - Christchurch »

Another Completion for Developer Paul Kelly - 10/10/2014…more »

Capturing a New Market »

New Initiative Targets Dairy Farm Decision Makers - 1/10/2014…more »

Skellerup's Project Viking Announced »

Calder Stewart’s Unique Design & Build Strategy Wins Project - 18/06/2014…more »

60 More Bales & Counting »

Another Dairy Shed Goes Up Near Temuka - 21/03/2014…more »

Milton Steel Factory »

A Company Milestone on the Home Front - 21/03/2014…more »

New Manufacturing Facility »

Sleepyhead Turns Adversity into Advantage - 14/03/2014…more »

Southland SPCA »

A New Shelter for a Caring Cause - 14/03/2014…more »

High End Home »

New Premises for National Homebuilder - 14/03/2014…more »

NZ Elite Nationals 2014 »

Calder Stewart Sponsorship - 01/02/2014…more »

Calder Stewart Roofingsmiths »

Born from a Simple Idea - 15/10/2013…more »

Another Feather in Our Cap »

Tegel’s Advanced Technology Hatchery Goes Online - 14/10/2013…more »

Auction of Carisbrook Memorabilia »

Raising Over $200,000 for the Community - 14/10/2013…more »

Fonterra Safety Award »

Proud of Our Contributing Role - 21/09/2013…more »

Brace Yourself »

2 Hazeldean Business Park Project Nears Completion - 14/10/2013…more »

Over the Moon »

New Mobile Crane Arrives in Christchurch - 16/08/2013…more »

Hornby Quadrant 2: Ready for Development »

Phase 2 of Hornby Quadrant Announced - 24/04/2013…more »

Crossing the Line @ Darfield »

Calder Stewart Completes its Biggest Project to Date - 13/04/2013…more »

NZ Elite Nationals 2013 »

Calder Stewart Steps Up as Premier Sponsor - 01/02/2013…more »