Why choose building and construction?

A career in building and construction is a safe bet – earn good money creating things to be proud of.

Watch BCITO apprentices talk about why they chose building and construction.


Business is really booming

For the first time since its inception, the 2018 National Construction Pipeline Report did not forecast a boom followed by a bust. Instead, residential building value is expected to hold steady over the next six years, before increasing to a high of $26.6 billion in 2023. The report shows building consents for new dwellings will increase year-on-year to a high of 43,100 in 2023. 

Growth from 2021 to 2023 is expected to be over $41b - an NZ record. Qualified tradespeople are in high demand. 

Career prospects are rock solid

According to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), career prospects in building and construction look fantastic. There’s increased demand for qualified professionals, and a shortage of people to meet that demand. Compared to other careers, the cost to get a trade qualification is low while the job prospects are high. Once you’re qualified there are opportunities to gain more responsibility (and higher pay) as a manager, contractor or business owner.

Make things you can be proud of

Working in building and construction is rewarding. At the end of the day, you can look back at what you’ve done and know, “I made that”. You can challenge yourself to be a true craftsperson while working on some incredible sites around New Zealand.

“What you achieve on a building site ... it’s so visual. It’s the enjoyment of transforming a house. Very rewarding." Vince Troake, director, Troake wall and ceiling specialists

An extra $100K extra in your pocket

Four years after gaining a qualification, a graduated apprentice could be over $100K better off than a university graduate. Apprentices earn a wage as they go, so they don't end up with massive student debt. That equals half a house in many parts of the country – or a bathroom in Auckland.

Free fees for 2 years of your apprenticeship

The Government’s fees-free policy came into effect on 1 January 2018. So, if you’re thinking of enrolling in a building and construction apprenticeship, you may be eligible to have the first 2 years of your training fees paid for by the Government.

Find out about Fees Free

A diverse range of trade choices

The building and construction industry requires a diverse range of skilled professionals to make it tick. There’s plenty of room for you to specialise in your trade of choice.