Teams from 14 secondary schools across the country have spent the past three months competing in the annual Build-Ability Challenge which sees them plan, design and build a project of their choice while sticking to a strict budget.

The Build-Ability Challenge is a key part of the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation’s strategy to attract new apprentices and demonstrate the opportunities of a career in the trades.

The Challenge provides the students with hands-on experience of an apprenticeship and a head-start on their training with the ability to earn unit and achievement standards towards a BCATS National Certificate.

At the end of the Challenge, students will donate their projects to their school or a community organisation of their choice.

Towards the end of September, expert judges will decide the overall winners and the People’s Choice category winner will be selected by online public voting at

Winners will be announced on Tuesday 26 September.

To find out more about the Build-Ability Challenge, follow the students’ journey and vote for your favourite team visit

The schools competing in the 2017 BCITO Build-Ability Challenge are:

Aotea College Mercury Bay Area School St Thomas of Canterbury College
Feilding High School Ngaruawahia High School Te Kauwhata College
Hamilton Boys High School Otahuhu College Waiuku College
Howick College Rangitikei College Whanganui City College
Marlborough Boys’ College Rodney College


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