In a recent visit to the Institute, Industry Advocate, Neil Hirini, enjoyed talking with staff and apprentices who all acknowledged the special part it plays in the training of Glass and Glazing apprentices. Of particular note was the peer support evident amongst the apprentices which is sometimes not possible in businesses with smaller staff numbers. A well-structured curriculum also ensures that trainees have the opportunity to fully engage in targeted learning and assessment work throughout the block course periods.
With the introduction of the new New Zealand Certificate qualifications on the horizon, the staff of GGINZ, working alongside industry representatives and the BCITO, have now begun working on a new look curriculum and a new look training system to accommodate this. We look forward to the rollout of these in the near future.
Chris Jack, former All Black and BCITO-qualified carpenter is joining us this year as an ambassador to help promote construction trades within schools.
During the last week of May more than 500 hand-picked students accompanied by careers advisors and teachers from schools throughout the country attended BCITO’s Big Construction Tour, which returned for its fourth year.