Auckland Building Boom?

Auckland Building Boom?
February 8, 2013

Auckland builders have hit the ground running in 2013, with the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) reporting a 70% increase in the weekly number of apprentice requests from last quarter.

BCITO Chief Executive Ruma Karaitiana says the organisation has been inundated with requests from employers to source apprentices in the Auckland area.

“This suggests a real spike in building activity in the New Year, and it’s refreshing to see the industry heading in a positive direction,” he says.

“Employers around Auckland are calling to say they are snowed under with work, and in desperate need of skilled apprentices.

“Some of these builders are looking for multiple apprentices, and some have said they’re prepared to take on new trainees, as long as they have good work ethic, their driver’s license and their own transport.”

“So now is a great time for young people who have finished school, or have done some initial training, to start an apprenticeship through the BCITO.

“We’re encouraging Auckland job seekers to register their interest at BCITO.org.nz/lookingforwork. From there we will do our best to match them up with employers looking for apprentices.”

Auckland commercial and residential maintenance company, Fixed For You Ltd,  has an abundance of work lined up and owner Brad Williams is currently on the hunt for two carpentry apprentices to join his team.

“Some experience would be good, but we’re looking for people with the right attitude. If they’re a team player and they’re willing to learn, they can be trained,” he says.

Brad says the construction industry has real potential, and encourages young people to get involved.

“New Zealand has a lot of buildings that need ongoing maintenance. And with new earthquake standards for commercial buildings, there’s going to be guaranteed work for years to come,” he says.

Career seekers interested in an apprenticeship can register their interest at BCITO.org.nz/lookingfor work, or get in contact on Facebook. Employers in the construction industry looking for apprentices can call the BCITO on 0800 442 486.

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