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


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

In the Lounge, on the Tools: A BCITO Learning Initiative to Build Skills

17 June 2024

James Turner heard about BCITO’s Apprentice Lounge for Timber Joinery apprentices through his BCITO Training Advisor Damien. Keen to meet more new tradies like himself, he signed up straight away.

Swapping a Pension for a New Passion in Carpentry

10 June 2024

At the age of 66, the only new career most of us are considering is that of professional retiree. Not Marcus Brown, who recently embarked on an BCITO apprenticeship. Marcus graduated on 4 April 2024 with a New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry...

Whangārei Rising Star Jayden Hudson-Owen Takes Out Regional Certified Builders Apprentice Challenge

4 June 2024

Even at school, Jayden Hudson-Owen had big plans. A Gateway programme got him a job offer with a local builder straight away, and he’s continued to turn heads ever since. After winning the Whangārei Certified Builders Apprentice Challenge in April, the BC