BCITO launches advanced trades supervisory skills package


The BCITO has recently launched a new programme in which participants can gain the perfect experience and skills to be a high-performing supervisor.

The construction industry has an extreme shortage of qualified supervisors, and there is a perception that juggling learning and the constant day-to-day demands of the worksite at the same time sounds like a real chore.

So the BCITO has made it easy to:

learn the required skills when convenient,

formalise skills with a qualification, and

be a high-performing supervisor.

The Advanced Trades Supervisory Skills Package works so that participants can access bite-sized modules of knowledge when they’re ready, and in a way that best suits their business.

Advanced Trades Supervisory Skills Modules



Outline a construction plan

Good planning is a key element for every successful construction process. In this course, participants will develop the skills and understanding needed to evaluate which construction methodology suits different tasks.

Participants will also learn the elements and sequencing required for the successful completion of a construction project, and develop a practice construction programme for a team to follow.

This module is available to complete during the final year of an apprenticeship.



Written and oral communication

Do you plan to run meetings on site? Does your team always understand what you have presented or explained? Are you managing written communications/creating meeting notes?

This course will help develop these skills, along with an understanding of how to get feedback which will help improve supervisory performance on an ongoing basis.

This module is available to complete during the final year of an apprenticeship.



Administration processes

This course helps build the skills and knowledge of administrative tasks required for every project.

Topics included are understanding contracts, tendering processes and interpreting schedules of quantities — all key skills for any supervisor.



Employment relationships

Do you employ or supervise people? Do you need to understand New Zealand employment laws?

This course teaches participants how to manage people and to create a positive and productive worksite.



Apply time management concepts and methods in business situations

Shows how to make the best use of time and to be more efficient and effective every day.

It develops skills allowing participants to prioritise, delegate and manage their team successfully to work smarter.



Apply supervision principles and manage interpersonal conflict

The successful completion of any project is often based on the people involved. Managing people and having effective processes in place are essential skills for every supervisor.

This course helps develop skills to direct, guide and mentor teams in a positive and productive way.


Get a full qualification

Completing all of the Unit Standards in the above six modules allows skills to be recognised towards the New Zealand Certificate in Construction Related Trades (Supervisor) (Level 4).

The BCITO will need to visit and assess an applicant’s competency before they can achieve this formal qualification.

For more details, contact a local BCITO Training Advisor, or call the BCITO on 0800 422 486.

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