Jamie Arthur’s story will be of interest to many of you – it goes something like this.
When BCITO Training Advisor Bill Cubitt was visiting another Dunedin Housing Maintenance Contractor’s (DHMC’s) apprentice, he asked the team foreman about whether Jamie had completed an apprenticeship. While the answer was no, Bill was also told that Jamie’s painting work was always to a very high standard and certainly to a tradesmen’s standard.
Soon after, the wheels were put in motion to get Jamie qualified.
A meeting was held with Jamie to see whether he would be interested in applying for the BCITO Experience Recognition Programme. This is available for people who have been in the trade for more than seven years and are performing at a tradesmen’s level, but for one reason or another have never completed a formal apprenticeship.
Jamie said he was keen, and after he completed the initial application process, which included getting references from previous employers and supervisors, the theory work he would need to do to qualify was identified.
Over a 12-month period Jamie completed all his theory work to a very high standard, demonstrating his commitment and existing knowledge. Opportunities were also provided for him to learn more about spray painting.
Then it was time to meet with Jamie to review all his practical evidence and theory results. As a result of his commitment, dedication and hard work, he achieved a National Certificate in Painting and Decorating with a strand in Spray Techniques, Level 4.
DHMC’s General Manager, Mark Dore, says it’s a great result all round.
“Jamie is now fully qualified and, along with BCITO, we were able to provide him with support to become fully qualified in painting and decorating. We encourage anyone working in the trades to have a chat with their manager if this sounds like something they would like to do. They can also check out www.bcito.org.nz(external link),” Mark says.
Congratulations Jamie and well done on your achievement.