Not Your Average Shed puts apprentices to the test

To raise awareness of the growing need for apprentices in the construction industry a crack team of apprentices has been assembled and given the mission to build Not Your Average Shed.

not your average shedThe Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) has assembled the team of eight apprentices who will update the classic kiwi shed with all new bells and whistles.

The event, which kicked off this week at Sylvia Park Shopping Centre in Auckland, will showcase the innovation that is taking place in the construction industry as well as the skills these apprentices have – this is not your average career.

The apprentices will only have three weeks to get the job done before the extraordinary shed is auctioned off in support of Habitat for Humanity on 21 April.

The event also highlights the vital need to address the drastic shortage of apprentices in the construction industry, says BCITO chief executive Ruma Karaitiana.

In 2016/17 the demand for new houses is forecast at more than 28,000 but the current labour market is only able to support the building of 15,000 per year, says Karaitiana.

“The industry needs to train more people and they need to do it now.”

BCITO is the largest provider of construction trade apprenticeships in New Zealand. It is dedicated to leading the construction industry to create the best-skilled workforce possible.

“There is a huge gap in the number of positions that are available in the industry and the number of apprentices coming through training programmes.”

While BCITO currently has about 6,000 people training in carpentry, the industry needs at least 3,000 more than this to meet demand.

Karaitiana says there will continue to be an ongoing shortfall.

“While building consents in Canterbury are slowing down, the actual construction work that will happen on those builds is forecast to see levels of activity remaining the same beyond 2021.”

There is also ever-mounting pressure on the construction industry in Auckland due to the predicted levels of growth in the region, he says.

“Work needs to be done mobilising the untapped potential in the Auckland population to meet this need.

“The construction industry offers incredible job prospects now and for years to come. This is not something that can be said for many careers.”

BCITO provide a range of apprenticeships across all areas of the building and construction industry. Any budding apprentices can head down to Sylvia Park to watch the action live, or find out more at BCITO.TV

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Event information

The competition kicked off on 29 March at Sylvia Park, Auckland.

The build will run for three weeks before the shed goes under the hammer on 21 April.

Follow the action at BCITO.TV

For more information contact

Caroline Brown
Acumen Republic for BCITO
04 494 5152
027 630 4851
cbrown@acumenrepublic.com

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