BCITO is committed to ensuring the reforms of the vocational education system benefits employers and apprentices, and to working with the Government to ensure this happens.
In September a hoard of concrete contractors swarmed onto the site of the Villa Maria Winery in Mangere, Auckland, to showcase their skills as part of the 2019 New Zealand Concrete Contractors Association Conference.
At the Master Painters Conference, Jade Sadler of Hamner Painting and Decorating, Hamner Springs, won the title of 2019 Painting and Decorating Apprentice of the Year.
Laura Chapman has traveled from the far ends of the Earth (Britain) to continue her stonemasonry experience in New Zealand.
Viridian Glass in Nelson is starting to get a reputation as one of the top training companies in the glass & glazing sector and with good reason too.
Ethan Hawken is overseeing the training of apprentice Marcus White at Winton Flooring Xtra under the guidance of husband and wife owners Chris and Rebecca Burns. One special thing about this duo is that the trainer is himself recently qualified.
Making a career change later in life can be frightening but the trend is growing with more New Zealanders opting to make the leap and follow their life’s passion in the pursuit of happiness.
A fantastic day was had by all who attended the event but none more so than Fabian Williams of L & J Gagen Bricklaying Ltd who was the 2019 winner of the Silver Trowel Award.
Ethan Green is seven months into his Solid Plastering apprenticeship with employer Scott McArtney of S J McArtney Ltd. He is one of only 10 apprentices currently training with BCITO in this specialist trade.
Tania Bellamy’s career change came after renovating and redesigning the layout of her family home. After 20 years in teaching she decided she wanted a career change but she wasn’t sure it was possible as she had no formal qualifications beyond education.