BuildMac and Builders Academy: Empowering the Future of Construction


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With 20 years of experience as a carpenter and joinery craftsman, Nigel Howard, foreman and project manager at BuildMac in Hawkes Bay, has witnessed the evolving demands of the construction industry.

Nigel shares how BuildMac's collaboration with Builders Academy has helped align apprenticeship training with industry standards, providing learners with the best possible start in their trades careers.

BuildMac’s decision to work with Builders Academy was influenced by a trusted relationship: "Craig Glentworth, the current Workplace Apprenticeship Educator for Builders Academy in Napier, was one of our previous apprentice trainers. We strongly agreed with how Builders Academy was set up, so I jumped at the chance to work with them.”

The guaranteed on-site visits every six to eight weeks with Builders Academy are clearly boosting apprentices' progress, providing bosses with essential training support.

"The regular on-site visits and tailored guidance on the technical aspects of construction have been hugely beneficial for our apprentices, helping them apply theory of construction in real-world scenarios," shares Nigel.

“Another standout benefit has been the regular communication between BuildMac and Builders Academy, which is essential to ensure apprentices are on the correct projects to meet their training needs.”

"We’ve also appreciated the tailored course nights facilitated by Builders Academy, as it helps us assess whether apprentices are struggling in certain skill areas, such as roofing, set outs, and construction math.”

“These course nights give us the opportunity to provide straightforward tips to apprentices on how they can keep moving forward in their studies, and how they can level up into senior level roles.”

“This partnership is just the beginning as we continue to improve apprenticeship training at BuildMac.”

About BuildMac

BuildMac is a locally owned Hawke's Bay company, offering quality building services in large-scale projects, from Commercial, New Home Builds, Alterations to Extensions. A Registered Master Builder with over 20 years experience, BuildMac is known for its craftsmanship and dedication to its clients’ visions.