Southern region’s top carpentry apprentice announced! 

Carpentry apprentice Ben Bringans has been named the Southern Registered Master Builders Carters 2016 Apprentice of the Year.  

The 22 year-old from Oamaru trained through the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) and is employed by Banks Building Services Limited. 
Judges were impressed by Ben throughout the entire judging process, and are confident he will be a very capable representative for the Southern Region at the National competition. 

“Ben is a very organised and systematic builder with excellent knowledge of the construction industry. His positivity and confidence allow him to communicate well with his employer, clients and peers.  
“With his high standard of workmanship and leadership skills, he has a very strong future in the construction industry.” 
Ben was awarded a range of fantastic products and tools, $2,000 to spend at Carters, and a spot at an Outward Bound Course.  

Second place in the regional competition was awarded to 21 year-old Malcolm Sutherland from Queenstown, who is employed by AJ Saville Builder. 

Third place was awarded to 25 year-old Ben Saywell, also from Queenstown and employed by Mainframe Limited. 

The results were announced at an awards evening on 19 August at Queenstown Memorial Hall. 

Registered Master Builders Chief Executive David Kelly says the competition not only celebrates the quality of New Zealand’s carpentry apprentices, but also helps to promote the opportunities that an apprenticeship in the trades has to offer.  

“The construction industry is going through an unprecedented period of growth. We need more people to join the trades across all levels. The Apprentice of the Year competition is a fantastic way to showcase our future industry leaders. 

“We applaud the commitment and determination from all the apprentices, and we look forward to seeing even more from the finalists at the National competition in November.” 
Supporting the competition for the 12th year running is principal sponsor Carters. National Sales Manager Rob Watson says the competition holds an important place in upholding the reputation of New Zealand’s building industry. 
“Apprentice of the Year is a fundamental element of Carters’ investment in partnering with and ensuring that New Zealand’s apprentices are highly skilled, mentored and educated.  
“The competition is a fantastic opportunity for apprentices to get their name out there and gain recognition within the industry,” he says.  
Ben will now compete against the winners from the other nine regions at the National competition in Auckland. 

Each finalist will undergo a 45-minute interview with the national judging panel. They will then compete in a practical carpentry challenge where each apprentice will be tasked with building a play house to be donated to local schools. The practical challenge will take place at The Cloud on 4 November and will be open to the public. 

The winner of the Registered Master Builders Carters 2016 Apprentice of the Year will be announced at an awards dinner on 4 November.  

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Photos from the Southern Event can be seen here.
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The Registered Master Builders Apprentice of the Year competition is made possible thanks to principal sponsor Carters, the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO), and supporting sponsors the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and APL through their Altherm, First and Vantage brands.