Hamilton Boys' High School students taking on building challenge

Teacher Jeff Harnish goes through the plans with students  Dean Richardson,
Connor Hodgison, Ben  Parrott and Caleb Smith.
Mike Bain

Teacher Jeff Harnish goes through the plans with students Dean Richardson, Connor Hodgison, Ben Parrott and Caleb Smith.

New Zealand's leading construction training organisation is calling for more apprentices as building consents track towards a 40-year high.

Data released by Statistics New Zealand showed building consents had continued to grow and were on a steady upward trend, compared to the same period last year.

The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation launched its second annual building challenge as part of its strategy to attract new apprentices and demonstrate the opportunities of a career in the trades.

All concentration from Connor Hodgson, as he cuts a tricky pattern on the band saw.
Mike Bain

All concentration from Connor Hodgson, as he cuts a tricky pattern on the band saw.

Hamilton Boys' High School along with Mercury Bay Area School are the Waikato schools among 15 secondary schools designing and planning their projects for the challenge.

The schools were part way through the 19-week timeframe to build the project of their choice.

Five Hamilton Boys' High School Year 12 and 13 students, Curtis Pugh, Connor Hodgson, Caleb Smith, Ben Parrott and Dean Anderson agreed to build a shed which they would donate to their school or an organisation of their choice.

Dean Richards works on the group's project.
Mike Bain

Dean Richards works on the group's project.

For each of the boys the experience from the project was different.

"It's not all about winning, but giving us an experience if we want to continue down the building track," said Richards.

Ben Parrott loved the experience of just being able to use the power tools.

Caleb Smith feeds the wood into the saw while Ben Parrott make sure its straight.
Mike Bain

Caleb Smith feeds the wood into the saw while Ben Parrott make sure its straight.

"It's all about organising yourself and focussing on the project," he said.

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Hodgson is enjoying being a part of the project building the shed and "learning how it all comes together".

Behind the boys giving guidance is technology teacher Jeff Harnish.

"There are a number of layers as to why the boys wanted to enter. It really is a case of them putting their money where their mouths are.

"The project is teaching them how they can work as a team, accountability to each other, to the project and the competition, plus giving them a real insight into what's involved in the building trade."

Students can earn unit and achievement standards towards their BCATS National Certificates – giving them a head start on construction training.

 - Stuff

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