Demand for Apprentices far outweighs supply

Ruma Karaitiana, Chief Executive, BCITO and Mark Cochrane who owns MJC Construction Limited spoke this morning to Kathryn Ryan on Radio New Zealand's Nine-to-Noon show.

BuilderThe 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.

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