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Builders Academy New Zealand and Registered Master Builders New Zealand announce joint venture

15 Feb 2024

UP Education is pleased to announce a new joint venture between Builders Academy New Zealand and Registered Master Builders New Zealand, which will significantly lift the quality and accessibility of the training available to the country’s future construction workforce.

Builders Academy, as part of UP Education, is positioned to leverage over 30 years of the group’s experience in delivering the highest standards of educational achievement and innovation across a range of disciplines, including trades-based training.

This significant partnership with Registered Master Builders marks a step towards developing a more robust and skilled workforce and offering more choice for aspiring carpentry apprentices in Aotearoa.

As the sector continues to focus on building a strong, highly skilled future workforce, both organisations recognised that industry involvement is critical to successful vocational training and a thriving construction sector workforce.

The partnership is founded on a shared vision for inclusive vocational education and training.

General Manager of Builders Academy, Glenn Duncan explains its industry-led approach and deep understanding of the needs of building and construction employers:

“We believe that industry involvement is pivotal to successful vocational training. This is part of our DNA – Builders Academy is laser focused on lifting the standards of the industry and optimising learning outcomes. From our Board down, we are focused on listening to, and serving the building and construction sector.”

“This comes through in our approach to education that has been developed with builders in mind. As we continue to expand across New Zealand, having a partnership with Registered Master Builders is central to our growth. We want to make sure that we are delivering in a way that suits and supports Kiwi builders,”

Master Builders’ CE, David Kelly says: “During a time when we are training more apprentices than ever before, choice of education providers is extremely important.”

“Our partnership with Builders Academy reflects our commitment to providing more choice and greater industry involvement when it comes to training and talent development. Working closely with Builders Academy is an opportunity for our members to help shape how we train our apprentices to best suit the needs of our sector.”

As Master Builders widens its support across the vocational training network, it will continue to work with other workplace learning providers.

Builders Academy is built around providing best in class service to apprentices and employers, with a minimum of six site visits per year per apprentice, a favourable apprentice-to-trainer ratio, additional pastoral care and learner support services to enhance the overall learner experience.

Builders Academy now operates nationwide with over 50 workplace educators and over 800 apprentices on its books and is encouraging more to sign on with a fee waiver for sign-ups before 30 June 2024.

As Master Builders widens its support across the vocational training network, it will continue work with other workplace learning providers in the vocational training network.

About Builders Academy New Zealand:

Builders Academy, owned and operated by UP Education since 2019, is a modern on-site apprenticeship partner that works with you to build dependable, resilient professionals in carpentry. Since its inception, Builders Academy has been supporting construction employers to guide and inspire apprentices as they journey to become qualified carpenters.

With the construction industry grappling with skills shortages and an aging workforce, it’s crucial we train new tradespeople to ensure sustained productivity. Builders Academy operates nationwide with over 50 workplace assessment educators providing workplace training to over 750 apprentices each year.


About Registered Master Builders:

Registered Master Builders Association (RMBA) is the leading building membership association in New Zealand, representing more than 3,000 building companies across the commercial and residential sectors.

Our members have been building the foundations of this country, its homes, and workplaces for over 100 years. We are the voice of the building and construction industry. We represent quality-built environments where we live, work and play.