This was a spectacular event which again showcased the talent and passion of the Joinery industry.
In conjunction with BCITO they celebrated the achievement of the Ernie Jelinek Cup. It is with great pleasure that we announce the recipient of this award is Aaron Timmins from McNaughtons Windows and Doors, Auckland.
Aaron Timmins with Greg Durkin (BCITO)
Aaron is a well deserving apprentice who submitted evidence of several technical joinery projects completed from customer briefs to a high standard. Aaron’s application also included the letters of endorsement from these customers that convinced the judging panel he should be awarded the Ernie Jelinek Cup.
The new judging criteria and changes to the application requirements have met the intended outcomes for this award. Many thanks to all of the apprentices who submitted applications, it wasn’t an easy job for the judges as the calibre of entries was high.
Thanks should also go to the employers and BCITO Training Advisors who supported the applicants. Next year’s awards will roll around very quickly so now is the time to start encouraging apprentices to start collecting photos for their portfolios, which can be used for award applications.
Brad Gemmell qualified as a bricklayer at 21 years of age and hopped on a plane to London, ready to put his skills to the test. He returned to New Zealand a few years later and began his own business, Brad the Brickie Ltd in Wanaka.
Not many employers in the construction sector realise the Government's Fees Free initiative extends to apprenticeships for not one, but two years.