visits Green Bay High School!

Where learning is certainly innovative, individualised, connected
Earlier this week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern opened TechWeek – as a hologram – for New Zealand’s annual technology and innovation campaign featuring more than 500 tech and innovation events across 36 towns and cities around New Zealand.

Yesterday (Thursday 24 May) she visited Green Bay High School – as a real person – acknowledging the importance of an online initiative by the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) during their launch of myBCITO promoting construction careers and enabling our school leavers to become work-ready.

This event included a speech by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, BCITO Chief Executive Officer Warwick Quinn, and ex-All Black Chris Jack, who is now a certified builder. Other VIP guests included Mike King (BCITO Board Chair), Greg Durkin (BCITO Group Manager – Stakeholder Engagement), David Walding (BCITO Northern Business Strategy Manager), and Hon. Jenny Salesa (MP for Manukau East – Minister for Building and Construction and Ethnic Communities).

The event concluded with a concert by well-known NZ Music Band, Sons of Zion.

So what exactly is myBCITO? It is an online toolkit – designed for technology teachers and careers advisors to help students who are ready to step directly into an apprenticeship within the building and construction industry after leaving school.

Only 2.4% of students move directly into an apprenticeship with The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) after they leave school, and the organisation is taking action to change this. MyBCITO is packed full of ideas, information and digital online resources for use in the classroom and projects on the go – and is easily accessed by careers advisors, technology teachers and students.

“There are now over 200 technology teachers using the online tools to share experiences and pass on knowledge,” says Greg Durkin, BCITO Group Manager – Stakeholder Engagement.

“MyBCITO stays with students while they progress throughout their industry – basically from pimples to pension – the programme keeps track of all their projects, even if they end up working overseas.”

If you would like to know more about this exciting myBCITO resource, please contact Director of Vocational Studies at Green Bay High School, Catrin Hughes.