Every six months over three consecutive days, BCITO meets with your industry NAG group members 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 included:
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.
Resin qualification review
John Bourke BCITO’s project lead for the review, shares, “Good news! NZQA has approved the flooring qualifications, including a stand-alone Resin Flooring Certificate which has two strands:
- Flow Applied Resin Finishes
- Trowel Applied Resin Mortar
The next phase is to develop a programme and write skill sets. John expects that by the end of the second quarter of 2021, BCITO will be looking at enrolling people into the new qualification and transitioning existing trainees.
A new qualification had also been added, ‘Surface Preparation,’ which is multi-layered and includes moisture, underlay, concrete grinding, and concrete polishing. This will create programmes that mix strands and result in hybrid qualifications.
Other popular topics
Governments support for training No Fees, and Employers Boost funding, myBCITO BCITO's new digital portal (learner 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.
If your keen to know more about any of the above, please contact your NAG Chair David Evans or Verina, your industry advocate [email protected]
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.