It’s tools at the ready for secondary school students across the country as building kicked off on Monday in the annual BCITO Build-Ability Challenge.
The Challenge is a key part of the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation’s strategy to attract new apprentices and demonstrate the opportunities of a career in the trades.
Teams from 15 secondary schools have designed and planned their projects and now have just 19 weeks to build the project of their choice.
The competition will put their building skills to the test and give them an idea of what it’s like to work in the construction industry. Students are also able to earn unit and achievement standards towards their BCATS National Certificates – giving them a head start on their construction training.
Throughout the challenge, students must consider how their project will make a difference to their community. At the end of the challenge, students will donate their projects to their school or an organisation of their choice.
Expert judges and online public voting will select the winners, who will be announced in September.
To find out more, follow the students’ journey and to vote for your favourite visit www.buildability.co.nz
The schools competing in the 2017 BCITO Build-Ability Challenge are:
Feilding High School
Forest View High School
Hamilton Boys High School
Marlborough Boys' College
Mercury Bay Area School
Ngaruawahia High School
St Thomas of Canterbury College
Te Kauwhata College
Whanganui City College
The Government’s free fees initiative looks set to help alleviate some of the skills shortages in the building and construction industry, with some new apprentices eligible for two years of free training from 2018.
BCITO is pleased to be named a finalist in the Medium-Large Workplace (150-399 employees) category in the IBM Best Workplaces Survey and Awards.