We recently attended the annual NZGTTA (New Zealand Graphics and Technology Teachers Association) conference at Massey University in Wellington. The NZGTTA conference is an opportunity for teachers to come together, learn from each other and exchange ideas to develop their skills as teachers. BCITO recognises the amount of work technology teachers do with our learners' pre-apprenticeship, and we are proud to support them by being the platinum sponsor for this event.
Greg Durkin, BCITO Education and Stakeholder Engagement Manager says, “Technology teachers come to work to make a difference to young people. Inspiring kids into a career in construction is paramount, and we can see teachers doing this all the time. Technology teachers are significant people in the journey; they are a gateway into the world of construction and are among the biggest influences in the school space.”
Mike Fleming, President of NZGTTA, says, “Tech teachers are creating thinkers, people who will challenge ideas, problem solve and can plan ahead. There are so many elements and aspects of what technology is.”
We were lucky enough to work alongside L T McGuinness, one of Wellingtons biggest construction companies, who hosted BCITO and technology teachers for a tour of one of their projects - the city’s new Convention and Exhibition Centre, Tākina. This tour was a great chance for teachers to see the endless number of work opportunities available in construction and to find out how students who become tradespeople can give back to the community.
Jono Bay, who is Head of Technology at St Peter’s College in Auckland, came on the tour and said, “ For me to be able to look at a place like this and just see how much work goes into it and how many different opportunities there are in something like this, it’s really quite blowing my mind.”
Jack McGuinness, a quantity surveyor on-site at Tākina, explains how tradespeople are responsible for building our cities and communities, “My technology teachers guided my pathway through construction, I think that was a really important segway into the industry.”
NZGTTA Conference attendees celebrated together over dinner at Shed 5 on Queens Wharf, where the Matariki fireworks embellished the sky in the background. We also sponsored the conference dinner and organised for Dale Williams, an advocate for vocational education, to address the attendees. Dale emphasised the importance of apprenticeships and highlighted the many success stories he has seen through vocational education.
Being involved in events for Technology Teachers enables us to strengthen our relationship with NZGTTA and its members. The teachers saw the massive amount of growth, change, and opportunity currently happening in the construction sector, and everyone is excited for what is to come. There is an enormous shortage of technology teachers in New Zealand now, so any opportunity to show our thanks for the hard work and dedication they put into their profession will not go astray.
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