BCITO has a dedicated team tasked with matching employers who have registered their need for apprentices with those keen to start a career in the construction industry. Many are starting their building apprenticeships with BCITO direct from school.
BCITO chief executive Ruma Karaitiana says builders throughout New Zealand are screaming out for good apprentices, particularly in Auckland and Christchurch.
“Builders need all the talent they can get right now, so it’s the best time ever for career seekers to start an apprenticeship in this bustling industry. BCITO can facilitate this by putting career seekers in contact with builders and other construction-related employers – it’s a win-win. We’re placing people directly from school, as well as those who have done pre-trade training or are seeking a career change,” he says.
BCITO signed up nearly 6,000 new apprentices across all trades in 2014, and demand for at least another 3,000 is evident.
“There are excellent career prospects in the building and construction industry for dedicated people who want to get ahead,” says Mr Karaitiana.
Apprentice builder, Steven Walker from the North Shore, found work with the help of BCITO. Having had experience previously as a concrete labourer, Steven said he got in touch with BCITO to undertake an apprenticeship so he could become formally qualified in a trade as well as learn on the job.
“I can learn straight from my boss, and I’m getting to grips with exactly how he likes things done,” Steven says.
Steven filled out a work profile with BCITO. He registered his details in late September 2014 and secured employment and began his apprenticeship in January 2015. Steven says, “All good things take time, and although a couple of months passed before BCITO were able to match me with a suitable employer, the fit is perfect. The job and the training I’m getting were well worth waiting for.”
“BCITO put me in touch with Probuilt Commercial Ltd, I had a chat with the boss, and then went for an interview. A short time after that I had started work,” he says.
Steven’s now learning on the job and is currently working on a large commercial renovation project in Te Atatu South.
Employers looking for apprentices can call BCITO on 0800 422 486.
Carpentry apprentices from across New Zealand are being called to show their skills and compete in the Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2017 Apprentice of the Year.
Kicking off on 10 April in Auckland, the Not Your Average Tradie Road Trip will see a group of talented BCITO apprentices spending four weeks visiting different regions, helping out community organisations, charities and schools with building woes.