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.
The Government’s free fees initiative looks set to help alleviate some of the skills shortages in the building and construction industry, with some new apprentices eligible for two years of free training from 2018.
BCITO is pleased to be named a finalist in the Medium-Large Workplace (150-399 employees) category in the IBM Best Workplaces Survey and Awards.