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Essential Skills is a new entry level programme to help your crew better understand safety and how they can contribute to a safety culture in your business - creating a safer and more productive worksite. As a leader in safety programmes for NZ organisations, The Learning Wave aims to make a genuine difference in every Kiwi workplace.

We look at safety differently; it’s not a "tick the box" exercise, it’s not about doing “another safety course”. For us it is about changing the narrative around safety culture.  It is about what your people do on site every day. We connect your organization, your people and their “why” to achieve a better safety outcome.

  • The Essential Skills programme has been developed specifically to support the construction and infrastructure industry. 
  • Endorsed by Construction Health and Safety New Zealand (CHASNZ) and is supported by Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) funding*. 
  • There is $375,000 of funding currently available in 2019 - to see if you’re eligible, contact our team.

*The funding has been established to support New Zealanders in their careers by equipping them with knowledge and skills for life-long success. This course is for people who are NZ permanent residents or NZ citizens. If you would like to see if you’re eligible for funding, contact our team.

Why invest in Health & Safety?


of workers in construction have low levels of literacy and numeracy.

Low literacy and numeracy skills = low adherence to H&S procedures.



ROI for every dollar invested in injury prevention systems.


less productive.

Construction workers are 30% less productive than the average NZ’er.

time off work

Less time off work

Severe injuries can cause workers to miss up to 21-34 weeks of work, minor injuries up to a week.

Essential Skills 4 Day Programme - Investment:

Programme valued at $2275.00 + GST
ConstructSafe members pay  $400.00 + GST
(See T&C’s for funding requirements)

*To be eligible for funding, employees must:

  • be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents
  • be employed in the paid workforce and participate voluntarily in the programme

An ‘eligible’ learner is one who has low literacy skill levels, meaning

  • fewer than 80 credits and/or 12 Literacy credits on NZQA framework
  • assessed at Step 3 or below for reading, and/or Step 4 or below for numeracy (on a 6 step scale)


We get results! Hear from people who have been through the program:

“I feel more confident, connected and exposed to Health and Safety in general. Also I'm more proactive now towards Health and Safety. This program is really helpful.”

“Health and Safety is not only an integral part of business, it is THE business. It defines us, everyone at workplace and everyone at our home.”



4 x 1 day workshops (over 8 weeks) can be run any time from mid July-October



Workshops can be run in regions across NZ - to find out if we can run a program in your location, contact us!



Contact us by filling in your details below and our team will be in touch!

What will my crew learn?

This is not just another safety course. Safety culture is about “what goes on when no-one is watching”. The Essential Skills entry level programme will help your crew better understand safety and how they can contribute to a safety culture in your business, leading to a safer and more productive worksite. It will also help to prepare your crew to take the ConstructSafe Tier 1 Competency Assessment. The core skills they will learn:



Develop their communication techniques & clearly communicate in front of groups regarding health and safety.


Identify Risks

Identify risks and take the appropriate actions.


Understand Technical Vocabulary

Better understand the technical terms and phrases associated with the Health & Safety Act.


Diversity in Health & Safety

Demonstrate knowledge of the opportunities and challenges of diversity in relation to Health and Safety.



Positively influence the health and safety behaviours of others.

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Understand the Health & Safety Act

Clearly understand the implication of the Health and Safety Act in relation to their responsibilities to act.

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