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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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Applying for Apprenticeship Reboot Grants

From Tuesday, June 4, apprentices and their employers became eligible to apply for the Government re-boot grants. As apprentices need to be in training for 90 days before applying, this marks 90 days from March 6 when the scheme was first introduced. Although this is a Government (Tertiary Education Commission, or TEC) initiative, the BCITO will assist apprentices and employers to apply. However, apprentices and employers will need to physically apply and sign the TEC application form before ...
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New apprentices hard to find!*

Over the past few years, the number of apprentices in the New Zealand construction industry has decreased to nearly half of what it was in the boom years. In 2012 the number hit rock bottom, falling well below 5000 apprentices. It’s great that things are finally turning around, but the BCITO is finding some employers are now struggling to find an apprentice to fit their requirements. The recovery is certainly leading the way in Auckland and Christchurch, which is where most new apprentic...
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Setting the standard in concrete

Given most people know the BCITO for carpentry, this column looks at the concrete qualifications the BCITO offers. There are currently almost 200 people in BCITO cement and concrete apprenticeships across the country, involved in one of the following six qualifications. National Certificate in Concrete Core Skills (Level 2) This base level programme is designed to be relevant to all sectors of the concrete industry. It also enables entry into any of the specialised Level 3 and 4 concrete qu...
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