The BCITO supports employers to provide training and employment in the construction industry in many different ways.
If you’re currently training a BCITO apprentice, you’re eligible to apply for a grant so that the BCITO can assist you to upskill yourself or another senior member of your team, and help your business be successful long-term.
The BCITO has 15 Employer Development Grants up to a maximum of $3000 each (excluding GST) available for employers in 2017.
Applications opened on February 10, 2017, and can be made at any time, but once the 15 grants have been allocated, there’s no more available until 2018.
What are BCITO Employer Development Grants?
The BCITO wishes to give employers within the construction industry access to study programmes which will help them develop and grow their business.
As such, funding in the form of grants is now being offered to employers of current BCITO trainees.
The BCITO believes this support will help employers run successful long-term businesses, better placing them to provide ongoing investment in training and employment.
How many grants are available and what are they worth?
Fifteen grants are available nationwide in 2017. Individual employers or employing companies can only be awarded one grant each per calendar year.
Each grant covers the cost of a course or seminar chosen by the employer, up to a maximum of $3000 excluding GST.
Who is eligible to apply?
Any employer of a current BCITO trainee may apply. This also includes supervisors and managers of an employing company. Employers must have a current apprentice at the time of application and at the time the grant is claimed.
What can the grants be used for?
Employers can select any training or development assistance which best suits their personal or business development needs. Some examples include:
• BCITO higher level qualifications such as the New Zealand Certificate in Construction - Supervisor, or Diploma in Construction Management.
• Consultation with a business advisor.
• Short courses or seminars on small business management, estimating or contract management.
• Higher level business-related qualifications.
When should applications be made?
Applications can be made at any time. However, once 15 grants have been awarded in a calendar year, further applicants will need to reapply the following year.
You can check the number of grants still available at any time before applying by calling 0800 4 BCITO or visiting www.bcito.org.nz.
What do past recipients say about this opportunity?
“Using a business mentor service has helped me triple my turnover and business size during the past three to four years, and the BCITO helped me out with this expense last year.
If you’re a tradesman with no real business background, the BCITO Employer Development Grant is of great assistance if you want to take a step in the right direction and improve your business skills and systems.”
Craig Coogan, Craig Coogan Builder Ltd, Whangarei
“In 2016 the BCITO Employer Development Grant helped me complete the remaining credits for the National Diploma in Quantity Surveying. I find my contract administration skills becoming more and more important with every job we do, and this training has helped immensely.
I recommend anyone in a supervisory position or running a business apply for this grant.”
George Pringle, G D Pringle Builders Ltd, Cambridge.
How do you apply for a BCITO Employer Development Grant?
To apply, visit www.bcito.org.nz/edgrants to download and complete the application form.