Introducing David, your new Apprentice Leader

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David Mansell of JJ Construction Services Ltd joins the 2024/2025 BCITO Apprentice Leadership Group. David’s partnership with BCITO is part of the next intake of apprentice leaders in the Carpentry sector, highlighting BCITO’s commitment to empowering and involving apprentices in shaping their learning experiences. The group, initiated in 2023, is a progressive approach to fostering collaboration and communication at the grassroots level within the construction trades.

Like many entering the industry today, David’s journey into his chosen career wasn’t straightforward. Previously in a corporate role with a major travel provider in Auckland, he harboured a long-standing desire to learn a trade, so joining the carpentry profession felt like a natural fit.

Taking charge of his career, David relocated to Christchurch and completed a foundation Level 3 course at the Southern Institute of Technology. Before completing his studies in May 2021, he utilised BCITO’s job-matching service and was connected with his current employer, Josh, later that year.

This early learning experience gave him a seven-month head start and instilled confidence in his ability to contribute effectively from day one on the job. David hasn’t missed a day since formally beginning his qualification with JJ Construction in 2022.

He finds balance in nature, whether it’s spending a day on-site, at the beach, or tackling downhill tracks at the Christchurch Adventure Park. However, his primary passion is playing 18 holes at his local golf course.

To date, David’s favourite work project involves crafting a custom tabletop bar for a client’s “man cave,” showcasing his craftsmanship and attention to detail. He values each day as an opportunity for personal growth and skill enhancement, knowing that they all contribute to his goal of managing his own successful carpentry business.

Excited about inspiring growth and mentoring fellow apprentices, David aims to bridge the gap between the BCITO apprentice leadership group and apprentices, ensuring their voices are heard. He aspires to empower apprentices with technical skills and the knowledge of building a business, setting them up for long-term success. David looks forward to implementing his ideas and making a meaningful impact in the industry, helping other apprentices thrive.

David joins Jacques Auret of NZ Builders Auckland, the first Carpentry apprentice leader, as the second voice for apprentices in the Carpentry sector. They’re part of a dynamic cohort of 30 apprentice leaders, which includes 15 new additions, featuring two representatives from each BCITO-mandated trade.

The structure of the programme, with a term of 24 months and a new cohort recruited every 12 months, ensures a continuous influx of fresh perspectives and ideas.

The emphasis on forming authentic partnerships between leaders, employers, industry, and BCITO is crucial for creating a supportive and effective learning environment.

We’re excited to team up with David! Ready to make some awesome changes to support Carpentry apprentices.

If you’d like to know more about the apprentice leader programme and how to support it, please contact Verina Jones, Advocate for the Learner Voice