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BCITO: Building New Zealanders who build New Zealand

BCITO: Building New Zealanders who build New Zealand

The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation consistently supports employers and apprentices to help set even higher standards within the industry, and to provide access to advanced training programmes as a path towards professional success. Chief executive Ruma Karaitiana says the BCITO Board has set aside specific funds in its reserves for various grants and scholarships. “While our core function is training apprentices, the BCITO is also interested in ways we can contr...
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Getting your head around the younger generation

“Young people today — they don’t know what hard work really means.” Ever thought this about your apprentice? Your boss probably thought the same thing when you were an apprentice! Here, we look at some generational traits of “millennials” — also known as “Gen Y”, or those born between 1980 to 2000. Rather than this group of youngsters being “no good”, it seems most of the negative perceptions towards them are due to a lack of und...
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9000 building apprentices still not enough to meet growing demand

The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) is experiencing unprecedented growth in new apprenticeships, but the construction industry still remains woefully short on skilled tradespeople. Now with 9000 apprentices in training, having signed on an average of 106 new sign-ups per week in 2014, BCITO chief executive Ruma Karaitiana says it’s still not enough to meet growing demand. “All of the construction trades across the board, from carpentry to painting a...
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Building a clear path to the future

Building a clear path to the future

The end of the school year is looming and, in the current environment, builders are feeling much more confident about the future. The construction industry needs more school leavers with appropriate skills to begin apprenticeships at the end of this school year. Now is the perfect time to make the commitment of taking on apprentices in order to meet demand and curb an imminent shortage of skilled workers. With so many choices available, it can be a challenge for the kids of today to figure out...
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It’s not too late to start training to increase your capacity

In March 2014, the BCITO reported that the construction industry was still woefully short of apprentices, despite a massive 55% increase in new apprenticeship sign-ups in 2013. Five months later and not much has changed, according to BCITO chief executive Ruma Karaitiana. “Building and construction is a cyclical industry. Everyone recognises that it has its boom periods and it also has its quiet patches. This is the best time ever anyone could hope for to enter the industry,” Mr Ka...
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Celebrating industries’ finest apprentices and leaders of the future

Celebrating industries’ finest apprentices and leaders of the future

June has been a whirlwind month of celebrations for BCITO’s newest business group — Specialist Trades. Apprentice awards in all industries covered by the business group were attended and/or organised by BCITO. The inaugural NZ Painting & Decorating Apprentice of the Year awards were held in Dunedin in June as part of the Master Painters New Zealand annual conference. Painting & Decorating apprentices who were outstanding performers at their block course during 2013 were: N...
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Building industry in dire need of 5000 more apprentices

Building industry in dire need of 5000 more apprentices

The construction industry is still woefully short of building apprentices despite a massive 55% increase in new apprenticeship sign-ups in 2013, according to the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO). In 2013 there were 3230 new sign-ups to the BCITO, in comparison to 2083 in 2012. Although this is by far the largest increase in trainee numbers the BCITO has seen in recent times, chief executive Ruma Karaitiana says the industry is still short of 5000 apprentices. ...
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BCITO scholarships and grants available in 2014

As part of the BCITO’s commitment to those in the construction industry — including their training, professional development and career success — the BCITO presents its scholarship and funding initiatives for 2014, targeting trainees, graduates and employers. Whether you’re a school leaver or a qualified tradesperson, the Gateway Scholarship and Employer Development Grant might just be your path to quality training, improved skills and recognised qualifications. So ...
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Grow your business: Getting the right people

As the New Zealand construction industry gains momentum, many builders are looking to the future, and expanding their teams. There’s already a skills shortage, and cracks are starting to appear in areas of higher demand, namely Auckland and Christchurch. So how do you, as an employer, ensure you get the right people to grow your business? For some, work is already starting to build up, and the decision to hire a new apprentice is becoming more appealing. But a lot may have changed since ...
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