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

The  National Construction Pipeline report 2017 predicts that building and construction activity across New Zealand, although at unprecedented levels already, will grow by a further 23% over the next four years.

"New Zealand continues to construct more by value than ever before with recorded construction activity reaching $34b for 2016 and a continuation of this growth is forecast. Value increased by 8% in 2016, and is expected to grow another 23% to a peak of $42b in 2020."

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 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 in 2018, you may be eligible to have your first 2 years of training fees paid 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.