Eight-hour bench seats donated to charities

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26 May 2014

They were built in eight hours but will give years of service to Christchurch charities. Eight outdoor bench seats built by Industry Training Association Building (ITAB) apprentices at CPIT, produced under competition conditions, are being delivered to men’s shelters, a retirement village and a hospice in Christchurch this week.

The purpose of the competition was to choose one apprentice to go through to the NZ Carpentry Apprentice Challenge 2014 in Hamilton in June. Greg Whitaker will represent CPIT at the event. Tutor/Assessor John McLardy said the overall standard of the work was impressive.

“It was hard to judge. There was a clear winner, but they all showed good skills under competition conditions, which is eight hours to get the bench seats started and to get them finished. It was good practice for the job – they had to read plans, cut and measure the timber and put it together under pressure.”

Bench seat 

As the demand for builders in Christchurch continues to grow, McLardy said CPIT had made carpentry training more flexible. “There are plenty of opportunities for builders. If someone comes in and completes the first module of training, which is 12 weeks of basic skills, hand tools and safety, then that gives them the basics that employers want. Other modules can be done at night school if the student wants to start working.”

Christchurch Builders/ITAB donated the timber for the bench seats and requested that they be donated to local charities. Recipients of the benches included the Salvation Army Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre, Nurse Maude Hospice, Wesley Care, the City Mission Men’s Shelter, Stepping Stone Trust and Pasifika Church Ministers.