Carpentry apprentice Sam Pulis has been named the Bay of Plenty Central Plateau Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2018 Apprentice of the Year.

31 August 2018

The 23-year-old from Tauranga trained through the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation and is employed by Gudsell Designer Homes Ltd. 

Sam impressed the judges with the skills he had learned from his apprenticeship. This year, apprentices put their skills to the test in the first ever regional practical challenge. Apprentices were judged on their initial entry submission, with the top 10 in each region progressing to an interview with the judging panel and an onsite visit where contestants discussed their project.

Judges said Sam has a high level of industry knowledge and skill at this stage of his career.

“Sam entered the competition in 2017, and in the past year he has set goals to gain knowledge and experience to take out the win in 2018. He has taken his building knowledge and project leadership abilities to another level. 

“Sam’s determination to succeed in everything he does is clear and evident.  Knowledge, ability and drive has set him up for a bright future.”

Sam 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 22-year-old Cameron Diack from Tauranga, who is employed by Jones Builders Ltd. 

Third place was awarded to 19-year-old Joshua Hill from Tauranga, who is employed by Federation Homes. 

The results were announced at an awards evening on Friday, 31st August 2018 at Tauranga Yacht & Powerboat Club

Registered Master Builders Chief Executive David Kelly says that Apprentice of the Year showcases the attractiveness of a career in the trades.

“Apprenticeships offer the chance to earn as you learn and be a part of an industry with strong job prospects and opportunities for growth. With the construction skills shortage currently facing the building and construction industry, the value of an apprenticeship has never been higher,” he says. 

“We applaud the commitment and determination from all the apprentices and look forward to seeing their skills at the national competition in November as they make their mark on the industry.”

Supporting the competition for the 14th year running is principal sponsor CARTERS. CARTERS Chief Executive Mike Guy says that CARTERS is honoured to have been a part of launching the careers of talented apprentices for over a decade. 

“Apprentice of the Year reflects CARTERS’ ongoing dedication to supporting New Zealand’s apprentices through investing in training and mentoring. New Zealand’s construction sector is booming and attracting young talent to our industry is vital to on-going success,” he says.

We congratulate Sam on his success in the regional competition and look forward to seeing all the finalists taking part in the national competition in November.”

Sam will now compete against the winners from the other nine regions at the National competition in Auckland this November.

Each finalist will undergo a 45-minute interview with the national judging panel. They will then compete in a practical carpentry challenge, the product of which will be donated to a local charity. 

The practical challenge is held on 9 November at the ASB Showgrounds and will be open to the public. The competition is taking place alongside the Auckland Build Expo, which will bring together industry professionals and leaders from across the construction sector.

The winner of the Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2018 Apprentice of the Year will be announced at an awards dinner on 9 November. 

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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 sponsor the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).