Teams from 14 secondary schools across the country have spent the past three months competing in the annual Build-Ability Challenge which sees them plan, design and build a project of their choice while sticking to a strict budget.
The Build-Ability 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.
The Challenge provides the students with hands-on experience of an apprenticeship and a head-start on their training with the ability to earn unit and achievement standards towards a BCATS National Certificate.
At the end of the Challenge, students will donate their projects to their school or a community organisation of their choice.
Towards the end of September, expert judges will decide the overall winners and the People’s Choice category winner will be selected by online public voting at buildability.co.nz.
Winners will be announced on Tuesday 26 September.
Schools competing in the 2017 BCITO Build-Ability Challenge are:Aotea College, Feilding High School, Hamilton Boys High School, Howick College, Marlborough Boys' College, Mercury Bay Area School, Ngaruawahia High School, Otahuhu College, Rangitikei College, Rodney College, St Thomas of Canterbury College, Te Kauwhata College, Waiuku College, Whanganui City College.
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