Tomorrow, more than 800 secondary school students from around the country will be given a close-up look at New Zealand’s building and construction industry as they join BCITO’s Big Construction Tour.
The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) is taking career seekers 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.
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.”
“Tomorrow’s tours across the country will show career seekers 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.”
BCITO’s Big Construction Tour is happening in Central, West, and South Auckland, Christchurch, Gisborne, Hamilton, Hawkes Bay, Palmerston North, Nelson, New Plymouth, Tauranga, Wellington, Whangarei, Dunedin, Central Otago, and Invercargill.
With sixteen separate tours around the country and more than 800 hi-vis vests involved, career seekers will be visiting some of the country’s biggest construction sites and developments.
“The event is a structured one-day tour of building-related sites. We are aiming to 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 will also provide 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 is 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.
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.