BCITO apprentices - best-of-the-best

Shaun Campbell of Nelson has been named the country’s top carpentry apprentice, taking out the national award at the Registered Master Builders Carters 2015 Apprentice of the Year competition.

On Friday, 9 October, the ten national finalists put their skills to the test in a demanding practical challenge where they were tasked with building a children’s playhouse, to be gifted to a local charity. Shaun’s playhouse won the judges over, and will be donated to Head2Head.

Matt Booth

Matt Booth, 24, employed by Excel Builders in Palmerston North, and trained through BCITO was placed second in the competition. Bryce Pemberton, 22 and employed by Fletcher Construction in Wellington and also trained through BCITO was placed third.

Shaun Campbell, 20, trained through BCITO and employed by Inhaus Developments has won the national title and a range of prizes including the use of a Ford Ranger Ute for a year courtesy of Carters, an iPad courtesy of MBIE and a fantastic range of tools.

Shaun Campbell

The competition judges said that Shaun’s passion for building really set him apart.

“We were impressed by Shaun’s ability to convert his passion into quality work, and deliver in a commercial timeframe. He is a strong all-rounder who scored excellent marks across all stages of the competition,” they said.

“His work in the practical challenge was of particular note, scoring very highly across all aspects. He is looking forward to one day taking over the company he works for, and the brand his father has built.”

Bryce Pemberton

The ten finalists from all over the country worked hard over the two days of the national competition, each undergoing a 45-minute interview with the judging panel, followed by the practical judging component in front of friends, family, charity representatives and the general public.

The gala dinner awards evening, hosted by MC and radio host Jay Reeve was held at The Cloud in Auckland.

Registered Master Builders Chief Executive David Kelly says he was thrilled to see over 145 young apprentices step up to compete in the national competition this year.

“It has been fantastic to witness the future leaders in the building and construction sector. As construction activity continues to increase particularly in Auckland, it’s a great time to recognise the best of the best in our industry, and celebrate the quality workmanship amongst the group. It’s safe to say our industry is in very safe hands.

“Congratulations to Shaun, Matt and Bryce who have done our industry proud. We look forward to watching them grow as future Registered Master Builders, building quality and well-crafted projects in New Zealand.”

Carters National Sales Manager, Rob Watson, says that Carters are proud to support such a highly regarded competition in the construction industry that recognises the new talent entering the sector.

“Carters are committed to ongoing education. As the building industry continues to grow, it is vital that we are training and mentoring these young apprentices to a high standard.

“Congratulations to Shaun and the other nine finalists for demonstrating such skill, passion and hard work throughout the competition. Carters looks forward to constructing lasting partnerships with the future leaders of the building industry.”

Apprentices, employers and young people aspiring to be a part of the construction industry are encouraged to join the Facebook page: facebook.com/apprenticeoftheyear or follow on Twitter: @AOY_NZ.

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For more information, visit apprenticeoftheyear.co.nz.

Owned by the Registered Master Builders Association, the Apprentice of the Year Competition is made possible thanks to principal sponsor Carters, BCITO, and supporting sponsors the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and APL through their Altherm, First and Vantage brands.

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