The Apprentice of the Year competition judges at Master Painters have been busy travelling around the whenua visiting all the Apprentice of the Year applicants. All applicants submitted a portfolio of their work as part of their application and included an explanation of why they believe they should be considered for the prestigious Apprentice of the Year title. Each applicant was then interviewed by the judges and completed a knowledge-based test.
We are delighted to announce the four regional winners, who are also the National Apprentice of the Year finalists:
- Upper Northern Region - Keisha Whaitiri-White, Hamish Simpson Decorating, Gisborne.
- Lower Northern Region - Tommy Wilson, Silver Fern Painting Ltd, Wellington.
- Upper Southern Region - Christine Scott–Dick, Brent Pickworth Precision Painters Ltd, Motueka/Marlborough.
- Lower Southern Region - Ashley Harris, Sims & Blue Ltd, Dunedin
The finalists will compete in the practical part of the competition during the Master Painters annual conference to be held in Blenheim from 1-3 September.
We wish all finalists the best of luck, and congratulate them for their achievements so far. We look forward to seeing their top-notch skills on display in the practical competition later this year.
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