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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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BCITO apprentice secures top job in Papua New Guinea

BCITO apprentice secures top job in Papua New Guinea

Hawke‘s Bay building apprentice Adam Knott has gone up against 90 applicants from all over the world to secure a role on a high-profile $60 million project with Fletcher South Pacific. Based in Papua New Guinea for two years, Mr Knott, who is only 14 months out of his building apprenticeship through the BCITO, will be supervising the build of a swimming complex for the 2015 South Pacific Games. He says while giving up his life in New Zealand is a big step, this job will be invaluable to ...
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Together as one - building, joinery, decorating and flooring

The BCITO is proud to announce the coming together of three ITOs which will bring the BCITO one step closer to realising the vision of its Board — to create a single construction and infrastructure ITO. Over the past year the BCITO has been in discussions with a number of potential merger partners, culminating in the Joinery Industry Training Organisation (JITO), DecorateNZ/FloorNZ and the BCITO merging to form one ITO under the BCITO banner. The official merger takes place on January 1, ...
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Building confidence on the rise in Waikato

The Waikato region has seen a 95% annual increase in new BCITO building apprentice sign-ups, suggesting a positive uptake of the Government’s Re-boot subsidy and signs that the region’s building industry is rebounding. The announcement was made at an event in Hamilton which was hosted by the BCITO and attended by Prime Minister John Key, bringing together leaders in Waikato’s construction sector. BCITO chief executive Ruma Karaitiana said that Waikato apprentice numbers had r...
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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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