Online apprentices a success
For the first time, EIT Hawke’s Bay has 100 carpentry apprentices on its books, with the recent signing of Julie Anniss by ET Homes.
Now she’ll be completing her qualifications online using an app designed by EIT. Julie completed a yearlong pre-trades course, working two days a week with Eddie Timu of ET Homes in 2017. Eddie himself is a graduate of the Level 3 carpentry programme at EIT.
She started working with Eddie full-time, and her enthusiasm and skills earned her an apprenticeship offer.
Shane Sigglekow, EIT Trades and Technology School programme coordinator for apprenticeships and cadetships, worked with an app designer for a year to create and refine the online tool that records theoretical and practical milestones. It was introduced at the beginning of 2018, and 45 apprentices are using it.
“The app has modernised the system,”. says Shane. “The young people love it because it does away with cutting and pasting into a hard copy diary. They can take photos and post them and notes all with their phone. The bosses can log in and see at a glance whether their apprentice is keeping on track with the work.”
Julie was one of four female students in the Level 3 pre-trades course in 2017. Three have gained apprenticeships.
To mark the 100th milestone, Julie will be presented with gifts donated by suppliers at a prizegiving next week.
Builder Eddie Timu with Julie Anniss and Tom Hay, EIT carpentry tutor, checking out the online apprenticeship app developed by EIT.