It's not too late to start training to increase your capacity

In March 2014 BCITO reported that the construction industry is still woefully short of apprentices despite a massive 55 per cent increase in new apprenticeship sign-ups in 2013. 

Five months later and not much has changed. “Building and construction is a cyclical industry. Everyone recognises that it has its boom periods and it also has its quiet patches. This is the best time ever anyone could hope for to enter the industry,” says Ruma Karaitiana, Chief Executive, BCITO. This applies across the board to all trades.

With 2013 seeing the first signs of a recovery from the recession through a combination of increased activity, Auckland and Christchurch prime contributors, increased confidence in the economy and an incentive from the Government in the form of the *Apprenticeship Reboot scheme.

Organisation-wide new sign-ups of 3,230 and re-signs of 954 meant we achieved our overall 2013 target of 4,000. The net result represented a dramatic change from the declining pattern of the previous two years.


There’s no better time than right now to secure the extra capacity your industry needs now and for the future.

After merging with FloorNZ/DecorateNZ and the Joinery ITO, BCITO is now the third largest industry training organisation in New Zealand. BCITO now has coverage for apprenticeships and national qualifications in the following industries:

  • Architectural Aluminium Joinery
  • Brick and Blocklaying
  • Carpentry
  • Concrete Masonry
  • Exterior Plastering
  • Flooring
  • Frame & Truss
  • Glass & Glazing
  • Interior Systems
  • Kitchen & Bathroom Design
  • Painting & Decorating
  • Tiling
  • Timber Joinery

BCITO urges employers in the building and construction industries to take on apprentices now in order to curb an imminent skilled labour shortage.

In order that the construction industry can meet the future demand with highly skilled professionals, we want to hear from any employers ready to begin taking on extra capacity now.

If you want someone young and fresh to help you out who’ll become a valuable member of your team and the industry, give serious thought to hiring an apprentice now. BCITO may even be able to help you find the most suitable candidate. If you sign up a new apprentice before 31 December 2014 your business and your apprentice may qualify for financial assistance from the Government’s *Apprenticeship Reboot Scheme.

To learn more about apprenticeships and nationally recognised qualifications take a tour through this site or phone BCITO on 0800 4 BCITO (422 486).

*Eligibility criteria apply. See full details here

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