Big Construction Tour shows a trade is the way to go

Now in its second year, and with over 30 buses touring around 14 cities and towns in New Zealand, all on the same day, this is the largest promotion we’ve ever staged on a national basis.

Nelson students visit the $50M Oliver Estate development on the Big Construction TourOn Thursday, 7 July, more than 1,000 secondary school students from 127 schools around the country were given a close-up look at the construction industry as they joined BCITO’s Big Construction Tour.

The tours captured the breadth and diversity of the industry and introduced students to trades they had not yet considered as possible careers.

Selected students, who had already shown some interest in the industry, 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 and Careers Advisors 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.

What a huge success the day was. We’ve already heard of one participant who’s applied for a job at one of the sites visited. Great comments are flooding in from other students who were there on the day.

“I want to do something that’s a little out of the ordinary for a girl to do,“ Rosie Taylor, Inglewood High School.

Sasha Meehan from New Plymouth Girls High said there was a history of construction in her family and that she was keen to carry on the tradition. The tour had shown her a number of trades she didn’t know existed, “Apparently there’s a trade solely for plaster boarding!,” she said.

Jordan Crosbie, Southland Boys’ High School, said earning a wage while learning on the job was attractive and there always seemed to be a large availability of jobs. “You’re always going to need trades, everyone needs something built or something fixed.”

BCITO Chief Executive Warwick Quinn 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 Auckland, Hamilton, Cambridge, Tauranga, Rotorua, Gisborne, Hastings, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill.

In order to gauge exactly how successful the day was for participants, we’ll be looking out for them as new apprentice sign-ups during the next twelve months. We’re sure there will be plenty.

We would like to sincerely thank all businesses involved who let us visit their premises/work sites and the people who gave their valuable time to give tour participants an insight into our industries:

Aborline; Allied Concrete, Palmerston North; Allied Concrete, Wellington; Altherm Taranaki Ltd; Atlas; Baseup; Bradnams's Windows & Doors NZ; Branderson Homes Brendan Kerr Ltd; Brewer Joinery;  Calder Stewart Industries Ltd;  Carpet Court Dunedin; Carters Frame & Truss, Cambridge; Carters Frame & Truss, Wingate; Carters Nelson; Clelands Construction CMP Construction Ltd; Concrete Structures; Counties Readymix; Custom Kit Buildings; D & B Construction; EH Ball Truss and Roof; Fletcher Construction; FloorNZ Allied Trades Institute; Foster Construction; Gisborne Glass; GJ Gardner Homes Hamilton; H R Building Limited; Hawkins Construction Hamilton; Henderson Construction Ltd; Henderson Timbers; Huddleston Construction Systems Ltd; Hugh Madden Brick Layers; Invercargill Flooring Xtra; John Ivanov Bricklayer; Jones & Sandford Joinery; Keith Hay Homes Horotiu; Kitchens by Healey; Lee Bro's Joinery; Leith Joinery Ltd; Lewis Windows Ltd; Lifestyle Building Solutions; Mackersey Development; Massey University; Maycon Maycroft Construction; MCL Joinery; Metro Performance Glass, Wgtn;  Metro Performance Glass, Chch; Metro Performance Glass, Hastings; Mitre 10 Hastings; Mitre 10 Mega Palmerston North; Montage Joinery; Mount Timber Homes; NZ Glass; Otago Brick & Block Laying; Placemakers Frame & Truss Hamilton; Placemakers New Plymouth; Placemakers Wiri; Preston Pre-cut Ltd; Quality Doors & Stairs; Rob May Builders; Rotoma ITM; Scott Construction; Signal Management Group; Southern Institute of Technology; Summerset Retirement Village; Tauranga Frame & Truss; Terry Robinson Builders; The Sellers Room; The Tile Depot Rotorua; Thomsons Frame & Truss Hamilton; TiltUp; Toops Aluminium Joinery; Tumus ITM; Unitec; Viridian Glass; Wackrow Joinery; Wellington Windows & Doors; Windowmakers Ltd; Wood Solutions Ltd.

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