Fri 20 Apr 2018

Carpentry Soars

WITT's successful move back into running carpentry classes has already resulted in a second course being announced - and the demand to learn building skills has also been reflected in the number of students enrolled in the popular Build a Bach course.

Fourteen secondary school students are enrolled in the project, which is a joint Taranaki Futures-WITT venture and sees students spend time in class and at WITT during the year.

By November they will have built one of two three bedroom houses to be constructed on the WITT site, and then put up for sale.

Their tutor this year is  John McConnell, who has downed tools after running his own business for 12 years to show a new generation how it's done.

John, whose involvement in the building industry spans almost 40 years, has lived in New Plymouth for the last 13.

He has previously worked with fellow tutor Chris Gibson, who has overseen the last two build-a-bach projects and is enjoying the change.

Chris will be working with WITT's first intake of 30 level 3 Carpentry students - and more when the second course starts later this year - and 14 Trades Academy students and they will build the second three house on the same site at WITT. A second intake of Level 3 carpentry students will start at WITT later this year and have access to a new carpentry workshop which is being erected about 20 metres from the house sites.

"Fourteen students for Build a Bach is a good number - a good rise on the last two years," Chris said.  "We have 58 students over the three courses - that's really encouraging."

WITT news will provide regular updates as the building continues.