Chris Jack, former All Black and BCITO-qualified carpenter is joining us this year as an ambassador to help promote construction trades within schools.
With the recent launch of myBCITO to secondary schools nationwide, the prize for one of the initial competitions we held was to have Chris present to 5 winning schools and then spend time with the students in technology class and see their projects.
The winning schools were Horowhenua College, Central Hawkes Bay College, Blue Mountain College, Burnside College, and Buller High School. Chris will be making his visits during the next few months. Chris also spoke to career seekers at the recent myBCITO launch at Green Bay High School and at the Auckland Careers Expo.
In his presentation, Chris says, “I have my older brother to thank for my focusing on rugby – he was an all-rounder and excelled at all sports. Unfortunately, he didn’t concentrate enough in class, and so my mum decided that us other boys were only allowed to play one sport each. It worked, and I did well at school and headed off to Uni.
“I only did one year of Uni because, well, rugby took over. I learnt an incredibly important thing at Uni, and it wasn’t about being an accountant, it was about me. I learnt that I wasn’t ready to organise myself to study properly.
“Most people have different ways of learning. The trick is to find the way that works best for you. In my case, I needed more day-to-day mentoring. I learned best when a qualified person was next to me showing me the way. “
Even though many schools in New Zealand use BCATS, most schools still view the next step after leaving high school as being the natural progression to University.
Chris’s presentation to schools shares his time with the Crusaders and All Blacks, and he explains why, following retirement, he chose to do an apprenticeship with BCITO. He speaks about University and how he found that this wasn’t the right option for him as he preferred working in a team, mentoring and that his skills have helped him build his own family home.
Chris also presented at the Secondary Principals' Association (SPANZ) Conference where feedback from delegates was positive. As a part of a SPANZ conference prize, BCITO offered one school the chance to have Chris present to their students. The winning school was Taupo a-nui.