Every six months over three consecutive days, BCITO meets with the members of your industry NAG group and 15 other sector groups. We discuss strategic issues around sector requirements, particularly considering workforce development needs to help construction industry businesses and employers develop strategies that support mid-to-long-term business plans and the sustainable development of a better-skilled workforce.
Your NAG works on making industry training accessible to as wider a group of industry employees as possible. Advises the BCITO with respect to keeping training requirements up-to-date and relevant. And provide a voice for trade associations and individual employers/employees matters of industry training covered by the activities of the BCITO.
What gets discussed at the meetings varies depending on what's topical in the sector at the time. The key topics of the day at November's meeting included:
Trade Secrets events
In 2021 twenty-five events will be hosted across New Zealand to interact with parents and students wanting to know more about the trades. Invitations will be managed through technology teachers and career advisors. These evenings' imperative is to provide factual information, debunk myths, share real and authentic experiences as they occur in the real world, and make connections.
Trade Secrets leads with a 25-minute presentation including onsite employer and apprentice videos, facts/figures comparing a trade career vs university, an apprentice panel (active and qualified), career progression stories shared by former apprentices highlighting future opportunities. Local construction firms will be invited to meet their potential new apprentice and chat with parents.
Developing skills and valuing qualifications
Lee Flockton BCITO's Senior Qualifications and Learning Designer and project lead confirmed the main changes resulting from the qualifications review to be:
- Introduction of the NZ Certificate in Kitchen Manufacture and Installation
- Removal of CNC optional strand (replaced by a micro-credential)
- Removal of Cabinetry Install optional strand (replaced by the Kitchen manufacture/installation qualification)
- Change from Laminate Fabrication strand to Benchtops and Specialty Surfaces strand (reflecting the wider range of materials used for contemporary joinery projects.)
In 2021 Lee will review and redevelop the standards, programmes, and supporting learning materials associated with the updated suite of qualifications and explore the potential for a Master Craftsperson qualification as a result of discussions that occurred during NAG meetings and the qualification review.
Other popular topics included: Governments support for training No Fees, and Apprenticeship Boost funding, myBCITO BCITO's new digital portal (learning management system) designed to enable apprentices to upload evidence, participate in self-check knowledge quizzes 24/7, and watch third-party learning/educational videos about processes and products.
Industry intelligence says there are approximately 300 Resin applicators across New Zealand.
Glenn Bosworth of Bosworth Stone Ltd and Bosworth and Barthel Stone Restoration Ltd enlightens us to the practice that stonemasons had of carving caricatures of themselves into the stonework features.