Demonstration day at Dunstan High School

Central Otago Brick and Blocklayer Association, Viblock, BCITO and a number of brick and block employers recently held a demonstration day at Dunstan High School.

The students worked alongside the tradespeople and apprentices to build a tiered seating area and storage shed. The students got an opportunity to get their hands dirty and experience the trade. The overwhelming impression of the day was that the students were “completely engaged” and hopefully there may be opportunities for some of them to work in the trade in the future.

It’s been identified that several hundred more trade apprentices will be needed in the Central Otago region in the next few years. While it can be easy to attract the numbers to some trades, others, like brick and block laying are struggling.

Initiatives like this show young people what a great option brick and block laying may be. This project has changed the perception of these young career seekers. They now have a very real appreciation as to what a brickie does. They experienced a hard day’s work and heard about the opportunities in the market and the likely returns.

Due to the success of this day, it would be great to see more of them held around the country. If you feel there’s an opportunity in your area, please call Angela Lewes at BCITO.

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