Upper South Island Regional Winners Announced

The top three Apprentices from the Upper South Island regions 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. 

Finn Eden from Nelson was named the Upper South Island 2021 Registered Master Builders CARTERS Apprentice of the Year, Finn is 21 years old from Nelson, trained through NMIT and employed by Tasman Homes Nelson. 

Finn can be very proud of his project, which he showed such great enthusiasm and passion for. The home he submitted was of a very high standard and his knowledge on this project was immense.

He has great skills and is a problem solver. The clients now consider him part of the family and are delighted that Finn got to build their home.

Overall, Finn has an infectious personality which is hard not to like. The build showed his personality, professionalism, and his eye for detail. Finn has a strong future in the industry, and has all the attributes to, one day, become a leader and role model. 

Second place went to Jack Sawyer, from Nelson. He’s employed by Cunningham Construction and trained through BCITO.

Jack should be very proud of his project. He is a very competent young man and has a great eye for detail, as well as a good understanding of all things building. He is also an excellent communicator, has a keen eye for detail and is a quiet achiever. Jack is a team player, and he has the ability to help others and demonstrate what is required to assist them.

Third Place went to Alex Hannah, from Tasman. He works for Blac Design & Build and is trained through BCITO.

Alex is a very accomplished apprentice and has many strings to his bow. He has a comprehensive knowledge of the building industry and has even gained his own following on Instagram.

He has great leadership skills, which were shown on his project. He has an eye for detail and a desire to help others to succeed.

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