The building industry is going through a period of expansion and there's an ever-growing need for apprentices, but the demand far outweighs the supply. There are currently around 9000 apprentices in training spread across the construction industry and associated trades. BCITO says a further 3000 are needed to fulfil the demand for qualified builders in the short term. BCITO Chief Executive Ruma Karaitiana says there is a constant stream of builders looking out for potential apprentices - in part fueled by a leap in residential building consents from 32,000 in the year to June 2011 to 44,000 in the latest June year.
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.