Plans to merge New Zealand industry training organisations Building Service Contractors ITO (BSCITO) and Careerforce are making good progress, according to a statement by the Building Service Contractors of NZ.
The merger has developed over several months and is now before the appropriate Government Minister, awaiting his approval.
‘BSCITO encourages skills training among New Zealand’s cleaning and urban pest management industries. Careerforce represents the health, disability, aged care and social services sectors. Both organisations have the broad goals of improving population health and wellbeing, while developing the skilled workforce,’ noted the official statement.
‘The merger is in accordance with the Government’s aim to strengthen and simplify the industry training sector.
‘For both Careerforce and BSCITO, the merger is part of a growth and expansion plan.’
Building Service Contractors NZ president Patrick Lee-Lo said he is delighted with the progress.
“Careerforce has a great deal of resources in terms of field staff and offices across the country,” pointed out Lee-Lo.
“Their industry coverage is wide, and includes workers in large residential facilities, community homes and DHBs. This will hugely increase BSCITO’s representation, support and services, which is a great fit for BSC, our members and employees.”
Lee-Lo added that recent public comments made about the collapse of BSCITO are completely false and unfounded. “The merger is a positive growth opportunity and will see training in our industry grow from strength to strength.
“We look forward to working with a wider membership base and using our combined resources to enhance and expand the services we can offer.”