Top Carpentry Apprentices go head to head!

The top carpentry apprentices from across New Zealand will go head to head this Friday 4 November, competing for the title of Registered Master Builders Carters 2016 Apprentice of the Year.


Ten apprentices have earnt their place in the national competition after competing against their peers to win their respective regional competitions. 

To take out the national competition, the industry’s future leaders will have to impress the judging panel over a two day event, undergoing a 45 minute interview along with a practical component. Each competitor will be faced with the task of building a children’s playhouse, with the finished products being donated to local schools.  The practical challenge will take place at The Cloud in Auckland on Friday 4 November and will be open to the public from 8am.

Registered Master Builders chief executive David Kelly says there has never been a better time to recognise the need for skilled apprentices in our industry. 

“The industry is facing unprecedented demand, yet productivity must not come at the expense of quality,” he says. 

“Apprentice of the Year is a fantastic way to showcase the quality craftsmanship of our future leaders.” 

“There has never been a better time to begin an apprenticeship. We wish all the finalists good luck as they make their mark on the industry as Master Builders.”

The winner of the Registered Master Builders Carters 2016 Apprentice of the Year will be announced on 4 November at an awards dinner.

The national winner will receive prizes including the use of a Ford Ranger Ute for a year and a $5000 grant courtesy of Carters, a range of quality tools and an iPad, courtesy of MBIE. All ten finalists will also attend a specially designed Outward Bound course and the Registered Master Builders House of the Year National Gala on 26 November.  

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The Registered Master Builders Apprentice of the Year competition is made possible thanks to principal sponsor Carters, the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO), and supporting sponsors the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and APL through their Altherm, First and Vantage brands.

National finalists: Registered Master Builders Carters 2016 Apprentice of the Year

Toby Chapman-Smith, 27, from Auckland’s North Shore, employed by Court Construction and trained through BCITO 
Kadin Murray, 20, from Pokeno, employed by Licensed Renovations and trained through BCITO
Ryan Tesselaar, 21, from Morrinsville, employed by Foster Construction and trained through BCITO
Ethan Inglis, 22, from Tauranga, employed by Skilled Building Solutions and trained through BCITO
Jake Pardoe, 21, from Hastings, employed by M&M Tibbles Construction and trained through BCITO
Callum Bryson, 24, from Palmerston North, employed by McMillan & Lockwood PN Limited and trained through BCITO
Andrew Press, 24, from Upper Hutt, employed by Hutt City Builders and trained through BCITO
Wade Puklowski, 23, from Nelson, employed by Coman Construction and trained through the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT)
Jono Blakely, 20, from Christchurch, employed by Andrew James Builders Limited and trained through BCITO
Ben Bringans, 22, from Oamaru, employed by Banks’s Building Services Limited and trained through BCITO

Local schools to receive playhouses: 
Glenbrae Primary School, Glen Innes
Pt England School, Pt England
Mangere East School, Mangere East
Te Kura Māori o Ngā Tapuwae, Mangere East
Kelston Primary School, Kelston
Hay Park School, Mount Roskill
Swanson School, Swanson
Avondale Primary School, Avondale
Flat Bush School, Otara
Ranui School, Ranui