The former Tuakau College student has been accepted as the recipient of Pukekohe's Customkit Carpentry Scholarship, in association with the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO). This will see all his fees paid for throughout his apprenticeship.
The scholarship has been structured to help those working towards a National Certificate in Carpentry (level 4), which takes between three and four years to complete.
Dylan, who was nominated for the scholarship, said he was absolutely blown away by the gesture.
"I have known since the age of five that I had always wanted to be a builder, and when I was given the chance to experience the industry through the Gateway programme at school last year, I jumped at the opportunity. This is now the icing on the cake."
The 17-year-old comes from a family of builders and has been awarded a placement within his cousin, Sam Crisp's construction business.
"Dylan has really great potential to go far. The scholarship is an awesome opportunity for our young local guys to get a leg up in the building industry. We are really looking forward to continuing our relationship with Customkit," says Sam Crisp.
This is the third year that Customkit has offered this scholarship, and Managing Director, Michael Anselmi says he thoroughly enjoys being able to give something back to the community.
"The aim of the scholarship is to support highly motivated and aspiring new apprentices in their studies. Right now qualified carpenters are in demand.
"The construction industry is the engine room of the New Zealand economy and carpenters are at the heart of the activity," explained Michael.
"As part of the country's building landscape we believe we have an obligation to help our talent pool grow. For that reason we're delighted to put our name on an activity that will help achieve this goal."
Michael says that carpentry offers great career opportunities for people from all walks of life and of all ages.
Kindly reprinted courtesy of Franklin & North Waikato Post.
Carpentry apprentices from across New Zealand are being called to show their skills and compete in the Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2017 Apprentice of the Year.
Kicking off on 10 April in Auckland, the Not Your Average Tradie Road Trip will see a group of talented BCITO apprentices spending four weeks visiting different regions, helping out community organisations, charities and schools with building woes.