BCITO was excited and proud to be part of the Pasifika festival held in Auckland at Western Springs on 24-25 March. This event is the largest of its kind in the world. Well over 60,000 people attended. This was the perfect opportunity for our people to interact and engage with the public and, in particular, Māori, Pasifika and other ethnicities who may be considering trades under our coverage as a viable career option.
We showcased the Stonemasonry trade on our stand, and a big thank you goes to Auckland Stonemasons for their presence. We also ran a social media competition offering one lucky person the opportunity to win a $250 Prezzy Card, with the winner to be announced shortly.
With more than 60% of attendees born in New Zealand, this is a demographic we can’t ignore. Diversity is good business. As New Zealand’s population continues to change and evolve, it’s important that we all come to see diversity as a strength and an opportunity for the whole of the construction industry.
Chris Jack, former All Black and BCITO-qualified carpenter is joining us this year as an ambassador to help promote construction trades within schools.
During the last week of May more than 500 hand-picked students accompanied by careers advisors and teachers from schools throughout the country attended BCITO’s Big Construction Tour, which returned for its fourth year.