Business is really booming
The second National Construction Pipeline report predicts that building and construction activity across New Zealand will reach unprecedented levels by 2017. Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says the report "points to the biggest construction boom this country has seen in decades ... a minimum 10 per cent increase in activity every year to 2017, reaching a value of $35 billion." Statistics NZ says that in the September 2014 quarter building activity reached $4 billion for the first time.
“We are looking at the longest sustained period of growth in construction activity in 40 years.” Dr Nick Smith, Building and Housing Minister
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 over what you’ve done and know “I made that”. You can challenge yourself to be a true craftsman while working on some 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.
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.