Construction trainees join together for Outward Bound

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In June a group of apprentices from the construction sector were given a unique opportunity to share the life-changing Outward Bound experience on two customised Outward Bound watches.

An initiative of the BETA (Built Environment Training Alliance) group of ITOs, the objective of sending a group of construction apprentices on the 21-day Outward Bound course was to help develop young tradespeople into industry leaders for the future.

Three BCITO specialist trades apprentices were awarded BCITO scholarships to attend the course alongside 24 other apprentices from construction-related industry training organisations. They joined three Registered Master Builders Carters 2006 Apprentice of the Year winners.

Outward Bound is based in Anakiwa in the Marlborough Sounds, and was established in 1962. The 21-day classic programme focuses on the development of self awareness and inner strength through a wide range of activities involving physical challenges, social sharing and creative expression.

Hamish Furniss, a BCITO frame and truss apprentice from PlaceMakers in Hamilton, said he arrived in Anakiwa and was blown away right from the beginning.
“When I arrived in Anakiwa I was a bit nervous and I didn’t know what to expect. They welcomed us with a powhiri which was primo.”

Hamish says he knows the skills he learnt on the course will help him in his life and also in his workplace.
“We learnt about self confidence and self belief. I know I can achieve a lot — the hardest part can be motivating myself to get going. Once I’ve done that the rest is easy.”

Hamish also learnt about the value of constructive criticism. “I learnt how to take feedback without it getting me down. Now I know how to turn it to my advantage”.
The course was also a lot of fun. “I loved the day out sailing and the whole crew getting on together. It was an awesome experience and I would definitely come back to Outward Bound again if I get the chance. I encourage others to give it a go if they get the opportunity.”

BCITO apprentices Trevor Waaka from R& R Plasterers Ltd, and Gray Nelson from Construction Techniques Ltd were also awarded BCITO scholarships to attend the course.