Got a trade? Got it made!

The biggest celebration of New Zealand tradespeople in the history of New Zealand is coming soon. For the first time ever, a whole week is being dedicated to get the message out to young people that a trade is the way to go.

GOT A TRADE WEEK 2015 – 21-28 AUGUST – is part of a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of workplace qualifications Got a trade?  Got it made!among jobseekers, their teachers and parents.

New Zealand needs skilled tradespeople. The 2014 Talent Shortage Survey, produced by Manpower Group, shows that engineers, technicians and skilled trades feature among ‘the top-5 jobs employers have difficulty filling’ across Asia-Pacific. Globally, skilled trades are the highest in demand. So if you’re a BCITO apprentice, you’re sitting pretty!

GOT A TRADE WEEK 2015 will lift public awareness of trades in New Zealand by getting up close and personal with modern-day apprentices and their bosses. Their stories will inspire career seekers at home, at school and in the workplace.
The inaugural GOT A TRADE WEEK 2015 is a national programme of public and media events that celebrate the talent and achievements of trade apprentices and trainees.

Launched at the 2014 Careers Expo, the GOT A TRADE? GOT IT MADE campaign was setup by seven Industry Training Organisations – (BCITO, Competenz, Connexis, HITO, MITO, Service IQ and The Skills Organisation).

Recent research shows that when choosing a career, most students want real information and practical examples from talking to real people already working in the industry they’re considering, before they make their career choice.
BCITO’s going to give students the chance to see the building and construction industry in action and the opportunity to meet real people involved in the building and construction industry – that’s you!

As part of GOT A TRADE WEEK 2015, the BCITO Big Construction Tour is happening on Thursday 27 August when BCITO’s 14 regional teams will be joining with local industry, employers and apprentices, to host career seekers at a number of construction related facilities and locations.

In all regions we’re looking for employers and apprentices who welcome the opportunity to invite a group of students/career seekers onto the worksite on Thursday 27 August so you can share why you’ve got it made. This is your chance to give the potential workforce of the future a real insight into the industry and the work involved on the job each day. Employers - you may even find your next apprentice!

If you’re interested in being involved in BCITO Big Construction Tour (Thursday 27 August) please contact Daniel Jone at BCITO on 0800 4BCITO (422 486).  Visit to find out more.


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