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 Te Pūkenga. We’re building people.  

Work at BCITO Te Pūkenga

We are a friendly team and aim to create an environment that is open and honest where tāngata feel valued and also have some fun. We understand the future prosperity and ongoing success of BCITO Te Pūkenga 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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BCITO Te Pūkenga and the future

The mahi we do to arrange, tautoko and assess work-based training (apprenticeships, traineeships and micro-credentials) transferred to Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning Limited (WBL), a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga on 4 October 2021.

BCITO Te Pūkenga support for employers and learners continues with the same BCITO Te Pūkenga people who you work with now, simply working in the WBL subsidiary of Te Pūkenga.

Also on 4 October, BCITO Te Pūkenga's qualification standards-setting functions were transferred to a new entity, called Waihanga Ara Rau Construction and Infrastructure Workforce Development Council.

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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 Te Pūkenga 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 Te Pūkenga, 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

Cementing her place: Apprentice Jess Nielsen crafts her own success

11 December 2023

Jess Nielsen stands out as a trailblazer after placing third at the 20th Annual Registered Master Builders Apprentice of the Year competition; the first woman to place and the second ever to reach the national competition.

Important message to apprentices and employers

8 December 2023

You may be aware of the Government’s intention to disestablish Te Pūkenga | New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology.

Stellar skills send Jack Nevines to Apprentice of the Year win

1 December 2023

Jumping into an apprenticeship at 18 after deciding university wasn't for him has turned out pretty well for Jack Nevines. Fast forward a few years and he has clinched the Registered Master Builders prestigious Apprentice of the Year.