This month’s careers.govt.nz education and training highlights takes a look at what it means to take part in a building apprenticeship. A rapidly growing industry here in Tauranga, building and construction apprenticeships are available for the right candidate and support is available via BCITO – the Building and Construction ITO.
So, what happens when you do a building apprenticeship?
- You first need to find a job where the employer agrees to take you on as an apprentice – you can use the Gateway work experience programme to gain work experience with a local builder and start to work towards your OSH and building qualifications – this can be a good way to give building a try before you commit – you’ll need to be prepared for early starts, physical work, out in the weather – this is not for everyone.
- Once you have connected with a builder who agrees to take you on as an apprentice, the builder will train and support you while you complete your New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4).
- Once you have your job agreed, contact BCITO to sign up to the apprenticeship programme.
- BCITO will provide educational work for you to undertake at your own pace (through workbooks and modules) related to your on-site work.
- BCITO will also offer training courses for you to attend as part of the apprenticeship.
- Your employer will make sure you achieve the skills you need and that your work is up to standard.
- During your apprenticeship, a BCITO training adviser will support you. They’ll meet with you on-site four times a year to:
• keep track of what you’re learning
• discuss any gaps in your skills and knowledge
• assess your competency based on your practical skills
• record your assessment results with NZQA.
If you are considering a potential future in building or construction, check out the advice that careers.govt.nz has for those thinking about an apprenticeship role in these industries here. careers.govt.nz provides guidance on:
If you’d like to learn more about Gateway work experience programmes, or be put in touch with Aquinas’ BCITO representative – please get in touch with the Future Pathways team – Mikaere Smith or Catherine Mahoney to talk about options in 2020.