BCITO’s Big Construction Tour an eye-opener for future tradespeople

On Thursday, 27 August, more than 800 secondary school students from around the country were given a close-up look at the construction industry as they joined BCITO’s Big Construction Tour.

We would like to sincerely thank all businesses who assisted us with this project by letting the Big Construction Tour visit their premises/work sites and the people who gave their valuable time to give tour participants an insight into our industries.

Big Construction Tour MontageThis is the first time ever we’ve undertaken such a huge promotion on a national basis all on the one day and it’s been such a success it may become an annual event in future.

Selected career seekers, who we know as already being keen on joining the industry after they leave school, were invited to join BCITO staff and employers on a whirlwind tour of the building and construction industry, which continues to be short of young people to work in a wide range of areas. Teachers from the schools involved also attended and this helps us get our message back to schools that a career in a trade is a valuable opportunity that should be promoted.

BCITO Chief Executive Ruma Karaitiana says, “The building and construction industry is still going through a period of rapid growth. Our country needs more young people to learn the practical skills that are in such high demand.

“The tours across the country showed career seekers just some of the opportunities available in the industry. School leavers who decide they want to start an apprenticeship can be confident they won’t struggle to get work, there are so many great opportunities available.”

BCITO’s Big Construction Tour happened in Whangarei, Central, West, and South Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Hawkes Bay, Palmerston North, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin, Central Otago, and Invercargill.

With sixteen separate tours around the country and more than 800 hi-vis vests involved, career seekers visited some of the country’s biggest construction sites and developments.

“The event was a structured one-day tour of building-related sites. We are aiming to make this an annual event and capture the breadth and diversity of the industry,” says Ruma Karaitiana. “We want to showcase the different opportunities and trades that are available in the construction industry.

“The day also provided an opportunity for employers to meet some real career seekers they may wish to interview and take on,” he says.

BCITO’s Big Construction Tour was held as a part of Got a Trade? Got it Made! Week, Friday 21 August to Friday 28 August. Got a Trade Week is a focused week celebrating the talent, skills and value of apprentices and trainees across New Zealand. Its aim is to increase the understanding, status, and demand for practical and vocational learning.

Watch CTV news item about BCITO’s Big Construction Tour

Hear from some of the students who attended BCITO’s Big Construction Tour

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