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National Apprentice of the Year Announced

Adam Knott, second placegetter, James Poore, Registered Master Builders Carters Apprentice of the Year 2012 winner, Ben Bersma, third placegetter.

New Zealand can rest assured its building industry will be well taken care of in the future judging by the skills showcased by nine young carpentry apprentices this week.

Mairangi Bay carpentry apprentice James Poore, 22 was named the Registered Master Builders Carters 2012 Apprentice of the Year in Wellington on Friday 26th October after competing alongside eight other national finalists from up and down the country.

Second place was awarded to Adam Knott, 25, of Wellington who is employed by Mackersey Construction, while 24-year-old Ben Bersma, employed by Gardien Construction in Auckland, took out third place.

The competition judges say winner James Poore, employed by Harbour Construction/Kalmar Construction Ltd in Takapuna and trained by the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO), is the stand-out winner.

“James has absolutely nailed this competition and is well-deserving of the national Apprentice of the Year title. He stood out from the beginning with a comprehensive knowledge of his project submission, and his understanding of the processes was unrivalled.”

“He is organised and methodical in his practical work, and he was confident and easy to talk to throughout the interview,” judges say.

“James has some great mentors on site who have provided him with structure around his learning. He is a capable, well-balanced person who has excelled in all areas. He is a true all-rounder.”

The nine finalists were put through their paces over the two days of the competition, each undergoing a 45-minute interview with the national judging panel, followed by a half-day practical judging component the following morning at the Carters Frame and Truss plant in Lower Hutt.

Apprentices, employers and those young people aspiring to be part of the construction industry are encouraged to join up to the Apprentice of the Year Facebook page: www.facebook.com/apprenticeoftheyear.

 

For further information, visit www.apprenticeoftheyear.co.nz

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