The Central North Island & East Coast / Hawke's Bay Apprentice of the Year Regional Winner is...🛠️

12 August 2022

The top three Apprentices from the Central North Island & East Coast / Hawke's Bay Apprentice 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. 

30 year old Ryan Mancer from Whanganui was named the Central North Island & East Coast / Hawke's Bay  Registered Master Builders CARTERS Apprentice of the Year winner. Ryan's training provider is BCITO and he is employed by Shane Stone Builders. 

Judges said Ryan is a very impressive apprentice who has a great skill set and his workmanship is at the level of a Qualified Carpenter. "His site visit and interview were excellent, and he has done an amazing job on his classroom conversion. Ryan demonstrated to the judges that he knew the project inside out, from health and safety to dealing with his client and subbies. He will go a long way in his building career and is going to be a great asset to Shane Stone and Whanganui building in general."

Second place went to Bradley McDowell, 30. His training provider is BCITO and he's employed by Richards Construction.

"Bradley is an apprentice with a good clear head, and it was great to see him come back for a second go at the competition. His site visit was excellent. Bradley really enjoyed the complexities of his Church St project such as dealing with clients, engineers, and council, and this was evident in his detailed knowledge of the project. The judges were also impressed by the level of finishing and fantastic attention to detail in his work."

Third place went to Harjinder Singh, 35. His training provider is EIT Hawke's Bay and he is employed by Dougan Construction.

"Harjinder is an apprentice who takes his role very seriously. He presented to the judges a completed 3-bedroom home which was finished to a high standard. Harjinder really impressed the judges during his interview where he answered questions confidently, showing an excellent understanding of all topics and was very clear on his goals for the future. It’s onwards and upwards for him from here – Harjinder will be a great asset to the building industry."


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.