Zac was thrilled to be one of the three finalists.
After a highly competitive skills-based competition held at the gala evening event as part of the Resene Construction Conference, winning was the icing on the cake. Zac says, “It showed that I had accomplished something and that I was good at plastering.”
Zac was very unsure about what career path to start on when he was at school. Steven Amreim from Taupo Textured Coatings contacted Taupo-Nui-a-Tia College to advertise a position going in his company on the school noticeboard. Zac jumped at the chance for the job, particularly with the opportunity of an apprenticeship. All he had to do was prove he had what it takes to be an Exterior Plasterer.
The job more than met Zac's expectations “It is a great job, I get to work outside with a great team, and it is really good to try out different finishes.”
The timing of Zac enrolling in his apprenticeship could not have been better. He was eligible for two years Fees Free, so there was no charge for him to gain his trade qualification.
The Resene Construction Apprentice of the Year is an excellent opportunity for apprentices to meet other like-minded apprentices from around New Zealand and is a great confidence booster. Participating really helps with self-esteem and self-belief that they can achieve at a higher level.
Zac’s Training Advisor agrees that AoY competitions are a very worthwhile experience for apprentices. He says Zac’s confidence has improved since he was a finalist. Taking part in this competition definitely increases the desire to learn more skills on the job!
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Jayden Renner-Ellis is the newest Monumental Masonry Apprentice and is employed by Glover Memorials in Wellington.