The More You Know, The More You Grow

Ryan Mancer
Central North Island / East Coast & Hawke's Bay Regional Winner

Ryan Mancer is employed by Shane Stone Builders and his training provider is BCITO, a business division of Te Pūkenga.


For Ryan, the competition was an incredible personal growth opportunity that taught him that hard work does  pay off.

“Showcasing my skills on a friendly and equal playing field, in front of national judges and a live audience was a moment I will never forget. I learnt that with motivation and hard work, you achieve whatever you set your mind to. Taking part in the competition demonstrated the rapid industry growth and taught me that there is always more to learn,” said Ryan.

Advice for Apprentices:

“My advice for someone interested in entering the competition is to not be afraid to push yourself and exceed your own expectations. You are capable of more than you know, strive for excellence, and learn from your failures. Don’t be afraid of the unknown or greater responsibility.

“Most importantly, enjoy what you do, learn something new every day, welcome new experiences and appreciate your teammates who are alongside you on your journey”.


The biggest challenge for Ryan throughout the competition was the final practical build.

“There was immense pressure, an audience of people, a ticking clock and eight other talented builders in my peripheral. It was hard to not be overwhelmed.” Says Ryan.

“Nonetheless, I knew I had to focus on completing my build to the highest standard, there was no time for distractions. Managing my time allowances to ensure I was on track to finish the project was crucial,” continues Ryan.

Judges comments:

Ryan Mancer 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 Builders and Whanganui building in general.