Next Gen

Next Gen Opportunities

We have all sorts of opportunities available to our Next Gen Members. Just take a look at what’s on offer.




Free Membership

Next Gen membership is for all those in training in the construction industry - students, cadets and apprentices. Kickstart your career journey with the best industry connections across the construction sector.

Not a member yet? Sign up now! You’ll need to show proof of current enrolment/training.



Next Gen members get the same benefits as full members for free and discounted Institute events – check out what’s coming up.




We have a bunch of resources you could find very helpful in your learning and career journey. Check out our Industry Insights seminars (45 minutes each), Light Lunch webinars (15 minutes each), and our Tall Stories podcast where you can hear about the varied and interesting career paths people in this industry have been down. 


Next Gen Awards

Our Next Gen Awards gives you the chance to be recognised for your passion and potential with prize money and industry recognition.

To enter you will need to write a short statement about yourself plus make a 1-2 minute video showing us why you are passionate about the construction industry.

For examples of video submissions - take a look at the nine finalists videos from 2023. 

Important dates:
Entries open 17 April 2024
Entries close 29 May 2024 - Extended to 5pm Friday 7 June
Finalists will attend the NZ Building People Awards 2024 on 30 August 2024 in Tāmaki |Auckland where the regional and national winners will be announced.

Find out more.



This year we will be launching the Institute’s MentorMIX programme supported by GIB. The Institute of Building is a pan-industry organisation which means our members come from a range of backgrounds and roles.

With the MentorMIX programme, our mentees (Next Gen members who sign up for the programme) will be able to meet a range of mentors through online and in person (location dependant) sessions. It will be nationwide and will give mentees a taste of different roles across the sector i.e. Project Managers, Architects, Design Managers, Site Managers.

Key dates: 

Registrations open: Jan 2024
MentorMIX begins - meet your mentors: April 15th 2024
MentorMIX wraps up: September 19th 2024

Registrations for 2024 are now closed due to high volume of registrations. We will be repeating this each year so feel free to register your interest in taking part in the future. 


Industry Opportunities 


Further Study Scholarships

A new program that has been launched by BCTF providing financial support to individuals who are completing further study in courses aligned to the construction sector. The scholarships are provided to individuals to have successfully completed study up to Level 4 (NZQA) and are currently or wish to complete further study helping them and the industry improve and lift standards. 

Find out more and apply at BCTF

Check out other scholarships currently open through BCITO. Applications close soon so be in to be considered – apprentices and employers.  

 Apprentice of the Year

Registered Master Builder's Apprentice of the year competition is open to all carpentry apprentices. Entries for the 2024 competition open on 8 March 2024 and will close on 12 April 2024.

ArchEngBuild 2024

Are you a final year student studying either architecture, engineering or construction management in New Zealand and interested in being part of the ArchEngBuild 2024 Challenge? ArchEngBuild offers a fantastic opportunity for students where they can expect an intense 3 days of hard but hugely rewarding hands-on work. Find out more about being involved. 

Key dates: The event will take place 2-4 July at UC School of Music, ŌTAUTAHI | CHRISTCHURCH. 


Shark Tank Scholarships

In 2023 as part of celebrating 40 years of the Institute we held three events around the motu and gave out a total of $12,000 to students who impressed our Sharks (industry and Institute representatives) with their pitches. It’s tough being a student right now and for many, money is tight. We wanted to help students studying in the built environment to focus more on their studies and less on the stress of living costs.

The successful students gave a ‘shark tank’ style pitch where they spoke about their passion for the industry, a project they had worked on, or even just themselves.

Read about our 2023 winners:

Heather Huckle – Ara

Grace Budge – Ara

Maggie (Shengyao) Hu – Massey

Leana Petrie – Victoria University of Wellington

Jackson McGarvie - Victoria University of Wellington

Maia Flint - Victoria University of Wellington

Matthew Lloyd - Victoria University of Wellington




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