Inaugural Concrete AOY awarded

Carl HayCarl Hay who is an apprentice at Eastern Bay Concrete 2014 Ltd, Opotiki, took home the inaugural Concrete Industry Apprentice of the Year award at the New Zealand Concrete Industry Conference held at the Ellerslie Events Centre in Auckland, 6 to 8 October.

With a well-developed set of skills across concrete placing, finishing and construction, Carl describes himself as confident in his role, and as having a very good relationship with management and peers. His employer, Shane Clark, says, “Carl is an asset to the company and a positive sounding board.”

Carl's BCITO training advisor, Scott Braithwaite, also had a few words of praise to add, “I admire Carl’s ever increasing thirst for knowledge which supports his impressive all-round practical skills.”

Carl is approaching the completion of his National Certificate in Concrete Construction, after which he intends to enrol in the National Certificate in Concrete Production.

Cement & Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ) Chief Executive, Rob Gaimster, points out that the construction industry is currently faced with a shortage of skilled workers, and having more people enrolling in BCITO qualifications is a key strategy in addressing this issue.

“As such, CCANZ and BCITO decided it was time to celebrate high achievers, along with those that offer their support, by establishing the Concrete Industry Apprentice of the Year award for all those enrolled in, or who have recently completed, one of the BCITO's concrete apprenticeships,” says Rob.

“The quality of the finalists was outstanding, covering those that work (and train) in precast concrete, placing and finishing, concrete production and concrete construction. To say the judges were impressed is an understatement.

“However, Carl stood out as a particularly worthy candidate who thoroughly deserved to be recognised for his technical competency in concrete construction, as well as his appetite to learn, and his leadership, communication and enterprise skills.

“I see the Concrete Industry Apprentice of the Year award going from strength-to-strength over the coming years. It will be a key component in celebrating excellence among our apprentices, recognising the importance of trade training and saluting employer and family support structures.

“Ultimately, the concrete industry offers a tremendous range of opportunities for those considering a construction trade. A perfect way to demonstrate commitment is to enrol in one of BCITO’s concrete based National Certificates.”

The award was open to all those enrolled in, or who had recently completed, any one of BCITO's concrete based apprenticeships.

The Concrete Industry Apprentice of the Year was made possible thanks to principal sponsors BCITO and CCANZ.

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