Carpentry focus groups


In 2006 the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) held 15 consultation forums around the country to give construction industry stakeholders the opportunity to step back and take a good look at the National Certificate in Carpentry — prior to the formal review taking place this year.

As a follow-up to these forums, it was reported in last month’s Building Today the decisions and recommendations made by the Carpentry National Advisory Group.
In the past there has been debate as to whether the National Certificate should be split to reflect the different sectors that carpenters work in. Feedback from the forums clearly indicated that the National Certificate in Carpentry is to remain intact as the one national standard for carpenters.

The commercial sector was not strongly represented at the forums, so the BCITO has subsequently met with a group of commercial companies to ensure that the unit standards contained in the qualification are achievable in the residential and commercial sectors.

This has effectively been a precursor to the next stage of the review process which is looking in detail at the unit standards.
The BCITO now wishes to call on all interested parties once again to attend meetings to take a closer look at the unit standards and make comment on any changes deemed necessary to ensure they are relevant, achievable and meeting the needs of today’s carpenter. To have your say attend one of the following focus groups.

As there are a large number of unit standards to discuss, each group will look at four units as the BCITO spreads the load throughout the country.
It’s important that as many people as possible contribute their thoughts and ideas. 

After all, it’s your industry and your qualification, so this is your chance to have your say! To attend a focus group contact your local BCITO office on 0800 422 486 and register your name.