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Rotorua Boys’ High School — kings of national building challenge

Rotorua Boys’ High School — kings of national building challenge

Rotorua Boys’ High School has been named the Supreme Winner of the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) Build-Ability Challenge, winning all three of the national awards, including the People’s Choice award and the Best Video award.    Twenty-four schools went head-to-head in the nationwide competition. Teams had to not only design and build a playhouse to be gifted to a local community group, but also had to maintain a video diary and blog abo...
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Celebrating NZ’s top performing BCITO apprentices

Celebrating NZ’s top performing BCITO apprentices

Winter may bring chilly and wet weather, but a big highlight for the BCITO is that it’s also a season of celebration for many of its trade sectors and apprentices. BCITO staff have recently rubbed shoulders with the best of the best in many industry sectors. Congratulations go to these high achievers.    NZ Painting & Decorating Apprentice of the Year Awards, held in conjunction with the Master Painters New Zealand conference in Wellington in June.  Regi...
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Carpentry apprentice Cody Webby's got it made

Carpentry apprentice Cody Webby's got it made

Cody Webby is well on his way to becoming a full y qualified builder. At only 21 he’s in the final year of his carpentry apprenticeship with the BCITO. Cody left school when he was 16. Being a hands-on type of guy and a keen outdoorsman, Cody decided to look into construction as a possible career path. Through the BCITO’s dedicated job-matching service, Cody got in touch with his current employer, Licensed Renovations. Two weeks after an initial telephone interview he was on the too...
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Got a trade? Got it made

Got a trade? Got it made

Got a Trade Week 2015 — being held from August 21-28 — is part of a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of workplace qualifications among job seekers, their teachers and parents. There’s no doubt that New Zealand needs more skilled tradespeople than ever before. The 2014 Talent Shortage Survey, produced by Manpower Group, showed that engineers, technicians and skilled trades feature among the top-five jobs employers have difficulty filling across Asia-Pacific. Globally, s...
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    Try as I might, I couldn’t get outraged at the Australian cricketers for ball tampering in Cape Town. I knew they were most definitely guilty of cheating, but my moral compass just wouldn’t take me ...
  • Being your own boss — a dream or a nightmare?

    Terry Sage of Trades Coaching New Zealand debates the pros and cons of working for yourself — that fine balancing act otherwise known as the ‘Business Dream’
  • The Building Act 2004 — a refresher course

    Timothy Bates of Auckland law firm Legal Vision reviews several of the key provisions of the Building Act 2004.
  • Women nailing careers in the trades

    Female trade apprentices are loving their career choice, but few considered a career in construction while they were at school, research shows.

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