Our mission

The construction industry needs confident, capable and motivated professionals. 

Through on-the-job training and regular guidance we're building a skilled workforce in which talented people can excel. 

Alongside our industry employers, we create futures for dedicated tradies. We help them develop successful careers and become valuable contributors in New Zealand's building and construction industry. 

We honour and uphold Te Tiriti o Waitangi in all we do.

BCITO. We’re building people.  

Work at BCITO

We are a friendly team and aim to create an environment that is open and honest where people feel valued and also have some fun. We understand the future prosperity and ongoing success of BCITO is linked directly to the performance, capability and wellbeing of our people.

What's most important to us is that people grow personally from their experiences as part of our team.

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Our leadership team

We are passionate about building people.

Greg Durkin

Director (Acting)

With over 25 years of experience in vocational education, Greg strongly advocates for the positive outcomes education can deliver for employers, industries, learners, and whanau.

Jackie Nixey

Group Manager People & Culture

Jackie knows that passion for work brings a sense of belonging, and employees understand how important their role is to the direction and purpose of the organisation.

Rachel Simmers

Financial Controller

Having been at BCITO since 2019, Rachel bring 15 years of experience in accounting and finance, 10 of which were in financial leadership roles.

Vai Punivai

General Manager - Customer Engagement (Acting)

Having found values to match his own at BCITO, Vai brings 20 years of management and leadership experience with the vocational education sector.

Andrew Donohue

General Manager - Te Kāhui Whakawhitinga | Learners and Learning (Acting)

Andrew leads the design, development, and delivery of the organisation's education strategy and loves nothing more than seeing learners succeed.

Paddy Kymbrekos

Business Strategy Manager - Growth

Paddy has over two decades worth of experience in the building and construction industry. Through BCITO he is motivated to bring people, both young and old to vocational education.

John Cole

Business Strategy Manager - Northern

With a wealth of leadership experience John leads our efforts from Taupo to Kaitaia, ensuring learners in construction thrive and our employers needs are heard and addressed.

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Latest news

A call for more Pasifika tradies

1 March 2024

BCITO has identified the pressing need for greater representation of Pasifika peoples within the construction workforce. So enters our new "Building Pasifika" campaign that has been introduced to cater to the needs of Pasifika learners current and future.

Women making history in construction

15 February 2024

As the number of women taking on apprenticeships are increasing so are the accolades being won in some of the industry's most prestigious competitions. We take a look at two of our trailblazing BCITO apprentices, Kiri Cooper and Jess Nielsen.

From Lego to learning legend: Ben Sellwood shows why building is for everyone

1 February 2024

Now a qualified carpenter, Ben is taking on a new challenge. He is currently in the process of completing his Level 5 Supervisor Qualification all the while helping others navigate the online programme and running through the books with them.