The Young Achiever Award provides recognition to a young building professional who has demonstrated a commitment to their own education and career development, portrays a willingness to give something back to the industry and their community, and is a future leader in their field of endeavour.
The judging criteria is based upon a nominee’s:
- Academic Achievement
- Achievements as a Building Professional
- Ability to lead change within their company
- Contribution to the building profession
- Contribution to the community
The judging panel of Aaron Muir, Samir Govind and Helen Hines-Randall deliberated long and hard with the five finalists all bring a unique set of skills, knowledge, and commitment to their roles.
The judges were delighted to award First Place equal to James Reed, Senior Project Manager - Dominion Constructors Ltd Auckland and Chris Bassett, Project Leader - Dominion Constructors Ltd Auckland. These gentlemen work at opposite ends of the spectrum with James leading large commercial projects while Chris is running the companies residential business. Stephen Peters, Site Manager from Aspec Construction was awarded a Highly Commended Award. Congratulations to them and the other Category finalists Flavia Wolf, Site Engineer - Fletcher Construction, Wellington and Todd Scrafton, Site Manager - Dominion Constructors Ltd, Auckland.
Left to right: Chris Bassett & James Reed
Female trade apprentices are loving their career choice, but few considered a career in building or construction while they were at school, research shows.
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.