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BCITO launches provocative promotion to recruit 5000 new apprentices

With a $100 billion construction boom now a reality, the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) is doing everything it can to recruit more people into construction apprenticeships. Early in April the BCITO launched an edgy campaign aimed at raising general awareness of the incredible career opportunities now available in construction due to skills shortages across the country. “Since 2012, our construction sector has grown by nearly 9%, in contrast to the wider ...
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BCITO’s Build-Ability Challenge for schools kicks off in May

BCITO’s Build-Ability Challenge for schools kicks off in May

The BCITO’s tagline and philosophy of “Building People” starts right at the beginning when future carpenters are still at secondary school.  The BCITO Build-Ability Challenge is a nationwide, school-based competition, open to secondary school-aged students. It’s aimed at pupils with skills in technology who may be interested in pursuing a career in the construction industry. It’s also a strategy for the BCITO to further build relationships with schools, caree...
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BCITO connecting employers and career seekers

As demand for skilled construction workers throughout the country is becoming evident, the BCITO is connecting employers with eager career seekers. The BCITO has a dedicated team tasked with matching employers who have registered their need for apprentices with those keen to start a career in the construction industry. Many are starting their building apprenticeships with the BCITO direct from school. BCITO chief executive Ruma Karaitiana says builders throughout New Zealand are screaming out...
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5000 apprentice sign-ups an all-time high

5000 apprentice sign-ups an all-time high

The BCITO has achieved another first for the construction industry by reaching 5000 apprentice sign-ups in 2014 — an all-time record. In fact, at the close of business for the 2014 year, that number had actually grown to 5542. “This milestone reflects the huge commitment from the building and construction community, our apprentices and BCITO staff,” chief executive Ruma Karaitiana says. “We look forward to working with the industry to maintain momentum over the coming y...
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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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