Introducing Micaela, your new Apprentice Leader

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Mica Castillo of Molloy Joinery, Napier, joins the 2024/2025 BCITO Apprentice Leadership Group. Mica’s partnership with BCITO is part of the next intake of apprentice leaders in the Joinery 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.

Before starting her apprenticeship in May 2022, Mica gained experience working at a nationally owned furniture store. She managed customer service, purchasing, store design, and assembled furniture upon delivery. The latter made her realise she could create these pieces herself. Inspired by generations of family renovators and a passion for designing and crafting furniture, Mica found Joinery, or maybe it found her.

Mica takes immense pride in finding her place and purpose and excelling in her trade with her new family at Molloy Joinery. This commitment extends to her role as a mother, where she sets an example for her two boys and other women considering a career change.

Despite facing the challenges of being an adult apprentice, Mica remains unwaveringly dedicated to her goal of becoming a Master Joiner. Her journey has instilled in her the vital lesson of perseverance, captured succinctly in the age-old saying, "Donde hay voluntad hay un camino” or “Where there's a will, there's a way."

To maintain balance, Mica enjoys spiking volleyballs and paddleboarding. These activities serve as essential relaxation techniques.

When you meet Mica, you can’t help but feel her love for her trade. Now serving as the second apprentice leader for Timber Joinery, she is excited about the prospect of making a difference for others. Mica is buzzing to collaborate with BCITO to enhance learning resources, foster open communication, and create a positive learning environment where everyone can thrive. Additionally, she is committed to participating in initiatives that strengthen the apprenticeship community and contribute to its continuous improvement.

Mica joins Annie Theewis of Wood Solutions Dunedin, the first Timber Joinery apprentice leader, as the second voice for apprentices in the Timber Joinery 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 Mica! Ready to make some awesome changes to support Timber Joinery 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.