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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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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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