Jeanie Rafills and Pieter Prinsloo.

Turning challenges into triumphs

When Pieter Prinsloo decided he was ready for a change from scaffolding, he signed up for a carpentry apprenticeship with the BCITO. Having already enjoyed...
Jasmin Lawrence (second left) refined her leadership skills and is now a sought-after mentor in the construction industry.

How the BCITO’s construction management qualification helped upskill a now sought-after mentor

Project manager Jasmin Lawrence understands the importance of upskilling. In 2023, she started her Certificate in Construction Related Trades (Main Contract Supervision) Level 5...

More Pasifika tradies called for

The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) is calling for more Pasifika learners to start their apprenticeships. Despite reasonably high numbers of Pasifika labourers...
BCITO graduate Kiri Cooper with her New Zealand Certificate in Trowel Trades Brick and Block Laying Level 4.

BCITO Te Pukenga graduate first female to win coveted Silver Trowel Award

For the past 35 years, the brick and block laying Apprentice of the Year award has gone to a male apprentice — but late...
Jack Nevines has been named Registered Master Builders 2023 CARTERS Apprentice of the Year.

Nevines takes out Apprentice of the Year honours

Jack Nevines from Auckland has been named the 2023 Registered Master Builders Apprentice of the Year, in partnership with CARTERS. Eight carpentry apprentices from across...
Sustainability is a major focus at South Island joinery company Wood Solutions.

A sustainable business where all are welcome

Construction businesses across New Zealand know waste is a big issue, which is why Wood Solutions general manager Andrew Bellamy has sustainability front of...

Building Belonging: Paving the way for more inclusivity in the trades

Nine interactive training modules have been developed to support employers and business owners through upskilling in leadership, business resilience and diversity. Free resources to “create...
Blenheim-based painting company Construction Coatings Ltd (CCL) manager Ian Hunter.

GoodYarn programme helping to build better mental health and stronger teams

Earlier this year, BCITO Te Pukenga contacted companies to see if they would be interested in trying the GoodYarn programme, aimed at normalising conversations...

BCITO launches Women in Trades campaign

BCITO, a work-based learning division of Te Pukenga, has recently kick-started its Women in Trades Campaign which aims to empower and encourage women to...
Rhys Williams is a BCITO training advisor, now in his fifties, whose life has been impacted by severe dyslexia.

Technology helping to improve equity in the construction industry

Estimates are that 10% of the New Zealand population have dyslexia. This sometimes-debilitating learning disability makes it difficult for individuals to read and write,...