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Crowning the 2019 Apprentice of the Year

Posted: 3 December 2019

The Registered Master Builders CARTERS Apprentice of the Year national competition took place at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland on 8 November.

Building Performance was proud to sponsor this event which supports apprentice builders across New Zealand.

Richard Merrifield, board member for the Licensed Building Practitioners (LBP) scheme, represented the building regulatory system on the panel of judges. Nine apprentices who were finalists in their regions participated, starting with a full day of interviews, followed by a practical build competition on day two. The apprentices had six hours to build and complete a playground pirate ship, all of which were donated to low-decile kindergartens around Auckland.

“I was very impressed with the high level of skills, especially at such early stages of their careers, and it was great to be part of something so positive. The apprentices were under a lot of pressure to complete the tasks and considering they’ve been in the industry a short time, they did really well”, said Richard.

The mood was festive with kids dressed up as pirates, and employers, family and friends all supporting their favourite apprentice with plenty of yelling and cheering.

Building Performance would like to congratulate all apprentices who participated – it was a showcase of the great talent in the building sector. Special congratulations to Morgan Willis, aged 23 from Hamilton, who took out first place. Morgan is currently employed by Stewart Hanna Ltd, after completing his training with BCITO.

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