New Zealand needs skilled tradespeople

The biggest celebration of tradespeople in New Zealand is coming soon. For the third year in a row, a whole week is being dedicated to get the message out to young people that a trade is the way to go.

Got a trade 2016GOT A TRADE WEEK 2017 – 21-27 AUGUST – is a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of workplace qualifications among jobseekers, their teachers and parents.

The campaign aims to:

  • Raise awareness of training and career opportunities in New Zealand’s trades and services.
  • Reposition trades and services as ‘Plan-A’ career paths for young people aged 16-24 years, and their key influencers, including parents, teachers and careers advisors. Also Māori and Pasifika, and women in trades.
  • Showcase the range of opportunities to learn on-the-job.
  • Promote and encourage conversations celebrating trades and services.

Apprenticeships are critical for our economic growth and give young people the chance to earn while they learn. They also help young people get exposure to cutting-edge technology and progress towards a qualification that can set them up for a life-long career.

Young minds need opportunities to grow and research shows that when choosing a career, most students want real information and practical examples from talking to real people already working in the industry they’re considering before they make their career choice. GOT A TRADE WEEK will showcase and celebrate the real people across all industries that offer apprenticeships in trades and services to help achieve this.

New Zealand needs skilled tradespeople. Globally, skilled trades are the highest in demand. GOT A TRADE WEEK 2017 will lift public awareness of trades in New Zealand by getting up close and personal with modern-day apprentices and their bosses. Their stories will inspire career seekers at home, at school, and in the workplace.

Throughout the week a national programme of public and media events that celebrate the talent and achievements of trade apprentices and trainees will be shared across multiple media channels. One highlight will be on 23 August when Minister Louise Upston will get hands-on and trade places with a number of apprentices across a number of different trades throughout the day.

BCITO’s Marketing Manager, Andrew Robertson says, “New Zealand needs many more skilled people in trades and services and employers are seeking talented people to fill roles. GOT A TRADE WEEK will go a long way to raise awareness of the incredible opportunities available right now and we are pleased to work together in partnership with other ITOs on this major campaign.”

A feature event of GOT A TRADE WEEK this year is the Future Business Leaders Forum that some of BCITO’s top talent will attend, along with high achievers from across all ITOs involved. This event brings together the best newly qualified (or soon to be) tradespeople to feed their ambition to be business owners and contributors to a competitive New Zealand. We’ll celebrate the value these people bring now, the achievement of qualifications and the possibility, that in a few short years, they will own businesses that make New Zealand tick.

The Future Business Leaders Forum will precede the 2017 Got a Trade! Industry Training Awards dinner and evening celebration where outstanding trades and services trainees and apprentices will be honoured. Winners will be selected from the Future Business Leaders Forum candidates.

Events such as SpeedMeets where career seekers can meet employers looking to hire are also happening.

BCITO apprentice Rikki Dewes of Atlas Fibrous Plasterers will be attending the Future Business Leaders Forum along with others.

Read Rikki’s story

BCITO is proud to be a GOT A TRADE partner, along with eight other industry training organisations - Careerforce, Competenz, Connexis, HITO, MITO, Primary ITO, Service IQ and The Skills Organisation.

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