If you’re looking to build business strength in 2009 by investing in training and taking on an apprentice then the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) can help you find the right candidate for your team.
Employers can advertise apprenticeship vacancies online at www.bcito.org.nz using Career Launcher. BCITO Career Launcher is an online tool developed by the BCITO to enable employers to upload apprenticeship vacancies on the BCITO web site
The advantage of advertising your apprenticeship vacancy on BCITO Career Launcher is that you reach a targeted group of people specifically looking for apprenticeships in construction.
More than 1100 people are registered to receive email updates every time a new job matching their search criteria is listed — and the BCITO regularly receives emails and calls from people looking for apprenticeships.
Amber and John Hamilton of Christchurch building firm John Hamilton Construction had discussed employing a BCITO apprentice when a brochure about Career Launcher arrived in their mailbox.
Amber went online, loaded their apprenticeship vacancy and very quickly started fielding calls and emails from prospective apprentices.
“We were impressed with the calibre of the applicants. They weren’t just people who were surfing the job sites — they seemed to already understand our industry and apprenticeships which made it much easier for us as employers,” Mr Hamilton says.
The Hamiltons received more than a dozen applicants and decided to employ Matt Withington, who signed a training agreement as an apprentice with the BCITO.
BCITO Career Launcher is a free service with no charge for placing an apprenticeship vacancy. It’s easy to use and you can tailor your apprenticeship vacancy to find the perfect fit for your business.
If a company has not trained with the BCITO before, a BCITO staff member will visit to ensure training requirements can be met.
For companies who are hesitant to take on a new apprentice in the current economic climate the BCITO encourages them to think about investing in training staff who are not already qualified.
Research has shown that workplace training increases productivity and is a great incentive which improves staff retention, ultimately saving your business money.
For more information about BCITO Career Launcher and to list a vacancy go to www.bcito.org.nz.