The Auckland & Northern Apprentice of the Year Regional Winners are...🛠️

The top three Apprentices from the Auckland and the Northern region have been announced for the 2022 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 sawhorse. The top 10 from each region then progressed to the interview stage with a judging panel and an onsite visit to discuss their project. 


23 year old Dane Schnell from Avondale has been named the Auckland 2022 Registered Master Builders CARTERS Apprentice of the Year. Dane's training provider is BCITO and he is employed by Coastal Concepts. 

Judges said Dane is a great all-rounder and is a clear and concise thinker. "His submission was detailed and professional, which was further reinforced with well-constructed responses to the interview questions. Dane had a great reference from the client and displayed a deep understanding of the finer details. The pride that Dane takes in his own work was also mentioned, underscoring his great attitude and why he is running jobs. He will be a great asset to the industry."

Second place went to Ethan Ruffles, 31. His training provider is BCITO and he's employed by Licensed Renovations.

"Ethan put together a very strong submission. It was clear from Ethan’s walk-through and employer feedback that he is a skilled carpenter with a promising future in the industry. Having stepped up to take responsibility for running a large renovation, Ethan is already delivering on this promise showing how capable and keen he is."

Third place went to Jack Nevines, 22. His training provider is BCITO and he is employed by Faulkner Construction.

"Jack’s submission was polished and of a high standard. He spoke with confidence during his walkthrough, conveying to the judges that he knew the project in detail. Jack benefited from working under a Project Manager who came second in the competition a few years ago. This was evident in the way he carried himself and approached certain tasks. All in all, Jack showed excellent knowledge of his job and its more complicated aspects."

28 year old Paulo Oliveira from Beach Haven has been named the Northern 2022 Registered Master Builders CARTERS Apprentice of the Year. Paulo's training provider is BCITO and he is employed by TP Builders. 

Judges said despite only arriving in New Zealand from Brazil four years ago Paulo’s submission was most impressive. "Sound technical knowledge was displayed throughout, which was enhanced by Paulo’s flowing and professional style of writing. Paulo watched Thomas O'Brien compete two years ago - and has been working on his application since then. This came across in Paulo’s site visit presentation, which showcased his detailed project knowledge, passion, confidence, and shining enthusiasm."

Second place went to Ben Carswell, 21. His training provider is BCITO and he's employed by Henry Dunham Building.

"Ben’s submission was a perfect demonstration of someone who knows their project inside-and-out. In the project walkthrough, Ben successfully articulated his involvement and his understanding of the overall build. This flowed through to Ben’s interview afterwards, where he continued to explain the build’s various elements. Ben started his apprenticeship just as the project was just beginning. This has allowed him to see the build’s complete cycle – from excavation right through to completion. He is an impressive, enthusiastic applicant who has done a fantastic job."

Third place went to Louis Gower, 29. His training provider is BCITO and he is employed by Mark Lindsay Construction.

"Louis put a lot of time and effort into his submission, which was both informative and full of detail. Louis presented well at his site visit and confidently conversed with the judges. He did a great job of relaying his involvement and overall knowledge. He also successfully demonstrated that he has a good eye for detail, especially with certain architectural elements. The site was also incredibly clean, and Louis had an impressively organised tool shed." 

National Competition
The top apprentice from each region will then go on to compete in the National Competition in Auckland. This includes a 45-minute interview with the national judging panel and an additional six-hour practical skills test, followed by the National Awards Dinner where we will announce the winner. 

The National Practical will be co-located at CONZTRUCT Auckland North on Monday 14th November 2022 at Eventfinda Stadium.

CONZTRUCT is New Zealand's largest travelling construction trade show and attracts thousands of builders, architects, designers, and other trade professionals at its 16 annual events nationwide. Each event covers the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors, and the exhibition includes showcasing a diverse range of products and services from the industry’s brand leaders.  

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