The Central South Island Apprentice of the Year Regional Winner is..🛠️

18 August 2023

Proud to celebrate two decades of excellence among carpentry apprentices, today the top three Apprentices from the Central South Island region have been announced for the 2023 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 step stool. The top 10 from each region then progressed to the interview stage with a judging panel and an onsite visit to discuss their project. 

Jake Rochford has been named The Central South Island 2023 Registered Master Builders CARTERS Apprentice of the Year. Jake, 21, was trained through Ara Institute of Canterbury, a Business Division of Te Pūkenga, and is employed by LOC Construction.  

Judges said "Jake impressed the judges with his exceptional skills in both the practical and theoretical aspects of the competition."

The judges noted that Jake displayed leadership qualities during his interview and demonstrated competence in completing tasks given to him. "He is already involved with solving complex issues onsite with senior colleagues, and he is a valued team member who works well alongside his workmates."


Second place went to George Wallis, 30. His training provider is BCITO | Te Pūkenga and he's employed by Jim the Builder.

Judges said "Joining the industry as an adult apprentice, George has brought valuable life skills to his apprenticeship. George’s prior work experience meant he was quick to grasp the workings of the industry. His employer challenged him to not only build a house for his project, but to also manage the day-to-day process with sub-contractors and suppliers. George proved himself more than capable of handling these responsibilities, delivering an excellent job."

Third place went to Jonathan Kingston-Smith, 21. His training provider is BCITO | Te Pūkenga and he is employed by Grace Builders.

"Jonathan demonstrated very strong industry knowledge, particularly understanding the health and safety aspects required on the job. With experience in both small projects and multi-unit construction, Jonathan displayed a comprehensive understanding of different types of projects and how they work. Jonathan is a good leader, and he shows a genuine interest and passion for the 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 Thursday 9th November 2023 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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