Worth more than $3,500 each, BCITO offers 10 Outward Bound scholarships to apprentices completing an apprenticeship in a specialist trade and 3 Mana Wahine scholarships to female apprentices in any BCITO trade. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that helps young up-and-coming industry leaders build confidence, discover more about themselves and develop their teamwork and communication skills.
As BCITO’s Industry Advocate for Painting and Decorating, Taylor Sizemore was recently invited to attend a two-day invitational course at Outward Bound. This is designed to give people a taste of what life is like for the apprentices that attend and to see how life-changing this experience can be first-hand.
Taylor says, “I left Wellington and landed in Picton to meet the rest of the team that would be joining me on the 2-day taster course. This group dubbed the 2018 Cobham Watch by our instructors, was made up of industry leaders, staff from BCITO and staff from Skills.
“From the moment we arrived in Picton we were met with all sorts of challenges such as sailing and rowing our way from Picton to the Outward Bound grounds in Anakiwa, refreshing dips in the ocean, taking to the treetops to tackle the high ropes course and spending the night sleeping under a bivouac in the bush. We skipped our usual morning routines of sleep-ins and trips to the coffee shop in favour of a 5.30 am PT session, followed by a 3.2 km run and a swim in the sea to cool off. These challenges were great for all those in our group, but the real highlight of the trip was getting to chat with our apprentices who were halfway through their 2-week course BETA course.
“I caught up with Olivia Broderick of Gemco Trades Ltd, Painting & Decorating apprentice who won a scholarship to attend this year.”
Olivia said, “It’s an amazing environment to be in. It is both physically and mentally challenging, but the rewards are definitely worth it.”
Since completing the Outward Bound experience Olivia has grown a lot. She says, “I’ve come back much more confident in myself. At Outward Bound I was able to push myself way further than I thought I could. I’ve been able to bring this confidence back into the workplace and contribute more to the team.” Olivia would definitely recommend the Outward Bound experience to anyone that gets the opportunity to attend. She says, “I’ve come away with a great experience and 14 really close friends from the course. They’re like a second family that we’ve made. We talk regularly and keep each other motivated to achieve the goals we set for ourselves on the course.”
Outward Bound scholarships have now closed for 2018, but if you’re an apprentice and this sounds like you, keep an eye out early next year for your chance to apply to attend a course courtesy of BCITO in 2019.
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