importance of taking on apprentices
Apprentices are key to meeting our country’s building
needs today and over the long term. Simply put, our sector needs to develop
talent if we are to be successful.
Today, less than 20% of employers take on apprentices.
This needs to change. Investing in apprentices means not only do you provide
apprentices with career opportunities but also future proof your businesses
and the construction industry.
Our members tell us that industry led workplace training and apprenticeships
work best for the building sector.
With only 25,000 businesses taking part in workplace
training, it would be great to see more of the industry getting involved.
This sentiment is repeatedly backed up by solid data
that demonstrates taking on apprentices is good for business. BCITO research
shows that construction companies that take on apprentices charge more per
hour, estimate work more accurately and take less time to complete tasks
What’s more, this benefit is sustained well into the
future. For every $1 spent on training a carpenter, a business will benefit
by $4.70 in increased profit for up to a 10-years. Training an apprentice not
only makes sense, it makes dollars.
The Government’s Apprenticeship Boost scheme, announced
last year, has been extended into 2022. This scheme helps businesses to keep
and take on new apprentices using direct payments to employers. You can
find out more about the scheme and how to apply here.
importance of our future industry leaders
It’s vital that we continue to celebrate winning
apprentices. Support of the trades and apprenticeships has never been so
important. Our development of new talent must keep pace with the demand for
skilled builders. The long-term health of our sector depends on it. It is
promising to see such great talent coming through this year’s competition,
especially during COVID times.
Runner-up was Hayden Lambert, 26, from the Waikato
region, employed by SJR Builders, trained by BCITO. Third place went to
Joshua Fraser, 23, from Auckland, employed by Craft Renovations, trained by