Painting & Decorating NAG meeting review

2020 has and continues to be a truly unique year. In these unprecedented times, it’s crucial that BCITO maintains a strong connection with the painting and decorating industry. One of the main ways we do this is through our National Advisory Group or NAG for short.

This Painting & Decorating National Advisory Group features connected people from your industry that serve as your voice within the BCITO. Members give up their time to advise BCITO how we can best support the development of a strong and well-trained painting industry. Topics for discussion at each meeting vary depending on what is topical in the sector/BCITO at the time of the meeting but may include BCITO qualifications, marketing, industry engagement, digital projects, workforce development planning just to name a few.

In November the Painting and Decorating NAG met in Wellington with the BCITO. Our previous meeting held in March was restricted to online video calls, as this was during the country’s first nationwide Level 4 lockdown. It was great to get the group back together around a physical table.

We would like to share with you some of the key talking points from our meeting:

COVID-19’s Impact on the industry

COVID-19 was a significant talking point at our last Painting and Decorating NAG meeting. There was a lot of uncertainty and concern regarding the economic impact of COVID-19 would have on the sector. The NAG also highlight that any economic impact would not be felt equally by all painting firms in New Zealand. The elements that make these companies unique (e.g. business location, the makeup of their staff/team, the type of jobs and clients they take on etc.) would mean that an economic downturn would affect painters in different ways. Employers and NAG members were glad to be receiving the wage subsidy, which was helping them maintain their businesses during this time.

NAG members reported that the industry is busy throughout the regions. It was noted that painting and decorating may be in a bubble protected from the economic downturn. This was due to the trend of people spending money on renovating their homes rather than spending that money on overseas travel. The outlook for the future of the industry seems very positive, as company workloads generally remain strong.

Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE)

The Reform of Vocational Education is a government lead change aimed to create a strong, unified, sustainable vocational education systems that is fit for the future of work and delivers the skills that learners, employers and communities need to thrive. NAG members were given an update on the current state of RoVE. Learn more about this.

Apprenticeship Boost and TTAF/No Fees Schemes

Members spoke of the significant uncertainty in the sector last time we met during the March lockdown. However, we were all aware of the impacts on training a recession would bring. During the GFC while the construction workforce shrank by 8%, apprenticeships fell by 32%. BCITO sought Government support to avoid this same outcome happening. Their response was the launch of the Apprentice Boost and TTAF/No Fees schemes. The impact of these has been immediate and significant for the painting industry.

  • 453 total painting and decorating apprenticeship signups between July and the end of October.
  • There have been 117 painting and decorating firms signing up apprentices that are new to training.


The NAG were advised that the BCITO will be reviewing the New Zealand Certificate in Painting and Decorating in 2021. This involves a full review of the learning and delivery arrangements of the programme, as well as reviewing the learning materials. The review will allow BCITO to ensure the qualification and supporting materials are up to date and fit for industry.


NAG members were shown BCITO's new employer marketing campaign: Built By You. Key messages from the campaign are:

As part of one of the largest sectors in New Zealand, your business is involved in building exactly what this country needs - strong, thriving communities. Through training, you are helping people reach their goals, become skilled workers and realise their dreams. Mentoring and inspiring future leaders will contribute to New Zealand’s economic recovery. Be proud to say our country is BUILT BY YOU!

For more information, visit

Digital – myBCITO for Apprentices

NAG members were given a demo and update on myBCITO – our new digital platform for apprentices. This gives apprentices online access to their learning materials and links to third-party content. BCITO has also developed a range of self-assessment content designed to provide instant feedback to learners about their knowledge around key topics. myBCITO is in the process of being rolled out to painting and decorating apprentices along with new content.

If you would like to know more about BCITO’s National Advisory Groups you can contact me on 0274799809, or email [email protected]

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