Celebrating our top-performing apprentices

Winter has been a whirlwind season of celebration for many of BCITO's trade sectors and apprentices.

BCITO staff were delighted to have rubbed shoulders with the best of the best in our industry. A huge congrats and well-done to our stars below...

NZ Painting & Decorating Apprentice of the Year Awards - held in conjunction with the Master Painters New Zealand conference in Wellington in June, regional award winners were:

  • Northern - Mailefihi Pasakala, J R Webb, Auckland
  • Central - Hona Spratt, Braddock Decorators, Wellington
  • Southern - Imche Cole, Brown & Syme Holdings, Christchurch

The top performer and overall winner of the title NZ Painting & Decorating Apprentice of the Year was awarded to Hona Spratt.  Hona says, "my apprenticeship has changed my life so much for the better.  I'm passionate about what I do and see a great future in this business for me."

Hona Spratt

Hona has worked his way up through the business.  He began his career during the school holidays working for pocket money.  Now he's a project manager with the company, is in charge of 8 painters and is responsible for delivering jobs on time and to a high standard.

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Master Joiners Apprentice Awards – held in Wellington on 27 June.  BCITO congratulates David Irvine of Barrett's Joinery Ltd, Timaru, this year's recipient of BCITO's Ernie Jelinick Cup for the Most Promising Joinery Apprentice.

BCITO was also proud to sponsor the following awards at the event:

  • People’s Choice 0-4,000 hours - Ashley Hollamby, Lee Brothers Joinery, Rotorua
  • People’s Choice 4,001 – 8,000 hours - Michael Good, Peter Howley Joinery, Invercargill

BCITO values the opportunity to share in celebrating all high achieving apprentices who aspire to be our industries' leaders of the future. This event was a spectacular showcase of the importance the Association places on celebrating excellence.

Glass & Glazing Association and Window Association of NZ’s Awards - held in June in Auckland.  BCITO congratulates Anthony Bergman of Metro Performance Glass, Christchurch, this year's recipient of the Most Promising Glass & Glazing Apprentice award.  Also presented at this event was the award for the Most Promising Architectural Aluminium Joinery Apprentice. Ashley Hooker of Frankton Aluminium Ltd was the proud recipient.

National Kitchen & Bathroom Association Conference - held in Napier in early August saw Gillian Flynn of Kitchen Inspirations in Pukekohe presented with the Judy Bark Cup and awarded the title of New Zealand's Most Promising Design Student 2015.

These events are a wonderful opportunity to catch up with employers and stakeholders around the country and BCITO looks forward to celebrating more of our high achievers’ skills and talents at the RMB Carters' Apprentice of the Year competition for carpentry coming up soon.

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