Entries for the Concrete Apprentice of the Year 2018 are now open, and apprentices can be in to win a share of around $10,000 in prizes, as well as the coveted title.
Concrete New Zealand (NZ) Chief Executive Rob Gaimster explains how the original reasons for launching the award three years ago are still relevant; namely the huge demand for skilled concrete workers, as well as the need to raise the concrete industry’s relatively low profile amongst young people seeking a career.
“The construction sector has for a number of years now struggled to attract and retain qualified workers. This is a situation accentuated by the fact that levels of activity across residential, commercial and civil areas are tracking around historic highs.”
“The Apprentice of the Year Award is a well-established means of recognising young people in trade training, so it has made perfect sense for us to leverage that profile by having a concrete industry award to attract young people into working with concrete,” says Rob.
“The award is also a fantastic way to reward excellence and kick-start an apprentice’s career – it’s a chance to establish goals and demonstrate capability, as well as explore networking opportunities with fellow concrete industry professionals,” adds Rob.
“Taking the time to submit an entry and compete with your peers conveys a strong message of commitment and dedication. Add to that the chance of taking home the top honour and right to call yourself the 2018 Concrete Industry Apprentice of the Year is a not-to-be-missed chance.”
The award is open to all those enrolled in, or who have recently completed, one of the following Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) concrete based National Certificates:
- Precast Concrete (Level 3)
- Concrete Production (Level 3)
- Product Manufacture: Pipe (Level 3)
- Product Manufacture: Masonry Product (Level 3)
- Construction: Sawing & Drilling (Level 3)
- Construction: Placing & Finishing (Level 3)
- Concrete Construction (Level 4)
“The Concrete Industry Apprentice of the Year Award supports the principle that hard work is virtuous, reinforces the concept that apprentices are skilled professionals in the making, and also boosts the concrete industry’s standing,” concludes Rob.
Concrete apprentices, their employers and assessors must all complete an entry form.
Entries close Friday 14 September 2018.
The Concrete Industry Apprentice of the Year Award is made possible thanks to principal sponsors, BCITO and Concrete NZ, and will be presented at the Concrete NZ Conference formal dinner on 12 October 2018 at Claudelands in Hamilton.
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