Introducing Tahi, your new Apprentice Leader

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Tahi Scanlan of Glassons Glass Ltd, Canterbury, joins the 2024/2025 BCITO Apprentice Leadership Group. Tahi’s partnership with BCITO is part of the next intake of apprentice leaders in the Glass and Glazing 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.

Tahi’s move from being a certified aluminium joiner in 2016 to starting his glazing apprenticeship in 2022 shows his openness to trying new things and facing challenges head-on. With more than 12 years in the industry, he’s got a ton of know-how and skills under his belt.

His undertaking to help learners succeed and break down obstacles underscores his drive for personal and professional growth. In his role as Apprentice Leader, Tahi’s goal is to champion new approaches like using educational videos led by skilled apprentices; he shows his forward-looking mindset, especially in today’s fast-changing, tech-driven world.

Tahi’s extensive experience on commercial building sites, whether as an apprentice learning the intricacies of installation or as a production leader overseeing project execution, highlights his versatility and leadership skills.

He takes a unique approach to work, viewing it from an employer’s perspective versus an employee. This choice showcases his strong sense of investment and responsibility. He embraces challenges and consistently works towards ensuring that Glasson’s Glass exceeds expectations with every project. Testimony to this was the Avida Retirement Village project, where he machined, prepared, assembled, and installed on-site.

Outside of work, Tahi enjoys weightlifting with mates, spending time with his Goldendoodle Noodle, camping, and hours at the beach with family. These pursuits reflect his holistic approach to life, blending physical fitness and family time.

Tahi joins Cameron Wright of Metro Performance Glass, the first Glass and Glazing apprentice leader, as the second voice for apprentices in Glass and Glazing the 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 program, 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 Tahi! Ready to make some awesome changes to support all Glass and Glazing apprentices.

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