Antarctic ApprentICE 2016

BCITO is pleased to announce Ryan Tesselaar, carpentry apprentice of Foster’s Construction in the Waikato, will be heading to Antarctica for 3 months to work on the world’s southern-most construction project at Scott Base.

The project is part of Antarctica New Zealand’s reconfiguration of the Hillary Field Centre enhancing both the quality of Antarctica New Zealand's science facilities in Antarctica and New Zealand’s position as a leader in terms of science capability on ice.

“I’m so stoked to be the one chosen to go! The application process was pretty intense, but I’m really looking forward to all the experiences and challenges of building in Antarctica. By far the biggest challenge will be the temperature. It’s going to be so different to usual, after all, you can’t just go down to the shop to get some more supplies! All the planning that has to go into a project like this must be immense and I can’t wait to get there. My boss says that he’s wrapt that I have this opportunity and the business will benefit from my experience when I return as well,” Ryan says.

A runner-up in the Waikato region of the Registered Master Builders Carters Apprentice of the Year competition in 2015, Ryan was also a previous recipient of a BCITO Gateway Scholarship. It seems that Ryan’s selection is well-deserved and, as one of our future industry leaders, he’s up for all the challenges that Antarctica will present.

Best of luck for your tour of duty in Antarctica, Ryan. We look forward to reading your blog while you’re way down South and we’ll catch up with you on your return.

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