The second runner-up was Matthew Van Bohemen from Beck Building, Taupo with third place going to Mark Lovelock from Timbercraft Construction, Picton.
BCITO judge, Neville Ward, had the opportunity to get to know the competitors and interestingly noted that some had previous careers before joining the building trade.
- There was Byron whose journey included qualifying and working as a chef, representing NZ in snowboarding, and as a para Olympic cyclist.
- Chris, who had completed a Degree in Business and Commerce.
- Ben who had come into the trade through a secondary school Gateway programme, after getting a taste of the trade when helping his father with building tasks around their home.
- Mark, who completed an Architectural Degree and wanted to experience the hands-on side of the industry.
- Thomas, who has been influenced through family with his Grandfather making him a toolbox at the age of 11, in which he had his tools in at the competition.
These, along with the other stories heard, once again demonstrates that we should have confidence in the talent that this industry attracts.
Congratulations to all nine apprentices who made it to the finals.
Industry intelligence says there are approximately 300 Resin applicators across New Zealand.
Glenn Bosworth of Bosworth Stone Ltd and Bosworth and Barthel Stone Restoration Ltd enlightens us to the practice that stonemasons had of carving caricatures of themselves into the stonework features.