New Zealand Certified Builders 19th Annual Conference was held in Auckland on 26-27 May with a good contingent attending from BCITO.
Warwick Quinn, CE BCITO presented at two Educational Workshops: State of the Nation and Skills Challenges and also was part of a panel that discussed Project Management in the Building and Construction Industry.
The Association also held their Annual Apprentice Challenge at the Conference with Chris McLean from Just Built It Limited in Dunedin taking out First Place in the competition. Chris hails from Central Otago and trains through Otago Polytechnic.
As well as interviews and presentations, apprentices needed to build a trolley/cart from scratch that would then be stable enough to race around a tight track. Some carts finished worse for wear but everyone enjoyed the spirit of competition.
Chris spent four years at University before switching to the trades.
Comparing data readily available from IRD shows that the average qualified carpenter at age 28 is actually $120,448 better off than a law graduate. But money's not everything.
The number of Kiwis engaging in building and construction apprenticeships is at record highs, as the industry’s demand for skilled workers continues to surge.