Some of this growth has been as a result of having started the year by merging with the Joinery ITO along with DecorateNZ and FloorNZ. The merger brought together great trades and great people. An important part of the next stage was to conduct a comprehensive review of the specialist trades in the joint coverage.
This review has taken most of the year and, consulting with industry and BCITO staff, we looked at each individual trade. We then considered whether, in this new environment, we could enhance service delivery and educational outcomes.
We’ll be introducing some enhancements from the beginning of 2015.
The first enhancement you will notice is a refreshing of our BCITO brand. This is not intended to be a major change but rather to simplify and modernise the look and feel of the brand to make it more friendly and accessible. In particular, we want to emphasise that BCITO is about people and enabling their success. The new branding will be gradually rolled out in the New Year.
The changes are more than just about branding. The Specialist Trades Group which we put in place will be disestablished and two major changes will occur. Firstly, the specialist trades field staff will double in number and merge into the broader BCITO area teams. Secondly, we are bringing together all functions that engage directly with industry into a new Stakeholder Engagement Group. This will include all research, marketing and communications functions. Importantly it will include a new team of Industry Advocates. We will be talking about this team more in the New Year.
2014 has been a great year for BCITO thanks to the strong support we have received from industry, matched by the commitment of the BCITO Team.
To all of our committed advisory group members, industry associations, apprentices, learners, employers, verifiers, trainers and everyone out there who has supported BCITO in so many ways in 2014 - thank you for helping us to meet the future skills needs of this important industry.
On behalf of the BCITO team I would like to wish all a safe and happy holiday season and we look forward to working with you in 2015.
Ruma Karaitiana, Chief Executive
Applications are now open for IAG Trade Scholarships for BCITO Carpentry and Glazing apprentices.
Work in the flooring industry? You're invited to attend the biggest get-together and celebration scheduled for the industry this year.