2021 Lower North Island Regional Winners Announced

The top three Apprentices from the Lower North Island region have been announced for the 2021 Registered Master Builders CARTERS Apprentice of the Year. 

The Apprentice of the Year competition recognises excellence among carpentry apprentices and raises awareness of career opportunities in the building and construction industry. The competition tests our future sector leaders' project management, business, presentation, and practical skills. 

For the regional competition, each apprentice had to initially submit a building project. They then took part in a two-hour practical challenge where they were tasked with building a shoe rack. The top 10 from each region then progressed to the interview stage with a judging panel and an onsite visit to discuss their project. 

Building apprentice Jayson Su from Wellington was named the Lower North Island 2021 Registered Master Builders CARTERS Apprentice of the Year. Jayson is 23 years old, trained through BCITO and employed by Cremer Construction. 

Jayson’s submission truly was outstanding. He proved his skills and attention to detail in the practical challenge. This craftsmanship was further illustrated through his after-work hobby building furniture in his garage. His attention to detail on site matches that of his qualified peers, this is also shown in some of the tasks and responsibilities given to him by his employer. 

Second place went to Ross Huley, from Wellington. He’s employed by Makers Fabrication and trained through BCITO.

Ross has great industry knowledge. He has intricate knowledge of his project, from start to finish; his background in design compliments the current buildings he's working on. He has an exceptional toolkit and is a fantastic communicator. It also should be noted that Ross made one of the most innovative saw stools.

Third Place went to Anthony Hocking, from Upper Hutt. He works for Black Sheep Construction and is trained through BCITO.

For a 19-year-old, Anthony Hocking has outstanding leadership and management skills, gaining him the respect of tradesmen and contractors alike. He is working in the business to understand all aspects, including after hours. Anthony has a bright future in the building industry.
The top apprentice from each region will then go on to compete in the Master Builders National competition. This includes a 45-minute interview with the national judging panel and an additional six-hour practical skills test. 

For more information about the competition, visit www.apprenticeoftheyear.co.nz