Industry Big Day Out (IBDO) - Construction is a collaboration between the NZIOB and Careers NZ, with the Christchurch edition on the 17th of May replicating the two Auckland events that were held in June and September 2016.
The event is simply taking a busload of Careers Advisors from local schools on a three-stop day, to hear about the wide range of opportunities within the construction industry. We purposely showcase young practitioners from the Consultancy, Contractor, and supply strands of our sector.
At the heart of IBDO - Construction, is story telling. Careers Advisors heard short presentations from a wide variety of young construction practitioners, some of whom had come through the Trades, and others who had completed formal construction focused qualifications. The value to the Careers Advisors is in hearing compelling stories from our industry’s bright young practitioners, all of whom have travelled a different qualification pathway to get to where they are now.
The common factor from the twelve young speakers that were showcased at the Christchurch IBDO-Construction, is that they love what they do and the role that they play in this fast-paced, collaborative industry. The Careers Advisors in the audience picked up on this, with the presenters peppered with questions from the floor, at all three locations.
The NZIOB would like to thank Beca, Dominion, Hawkins, Leighs, Metro Glass, Naylor Love, and Southbase for both providing a speaker, and their support for this very successful project. For proof that it works, one Careers Advisor made contact the day following the event to say that they had recommended the construction industry to two students that morning. The encouraging of our youth to consider the construction industry as a career destination is a key NZIOB work package.