Who will become Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2017 Apprentice of the Year?


The future leaders of New Zealand’s construction industry are preparing for a showdown at the Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2017 Apprentice of the Year competition in November.

Each finalist has already demonstrated their high level of knowledge and professional skills on the tools in their respective regional competitions, which earned them the title of regional Apprentice of the Year and a place at the national competition.

To take out the top prize the apprentices will undergo an intensive 45-minute interview with the national judging panel, then they will compete in a practical carpentry challenge, the product of which will be donated to a local charity.

The practical challenge, which the public is invited to attend, is being held on Friday, November 3, at the ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane, Auckland.

This year the competition is taking place alongside the Auckland Build Expo, which brings together industry professionals and leaders from across the construction sector.

The winner of the Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2017 Apprentice of the Year will be announced at an awards dinner following the practical challenge.

Introducing the Finalists:


Seth Foote

The 26-year-old from Warkworth trained through the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO), and is employed by Brackenridge Builders.

The judges say Seth is ambitious and energetic, and they were impressed with his passion and knowledge of the industry.

“Seth had a well presented on-site build with a high standard of workmanship.

“He has a great collection of tools — he may even need a bigger vehicle as his assortment of tools is so big!”

“Seth is a great carpenter and a worthy recipient of this award. We look forward to seeing him at the national competition.”


Logan Alderson

The 20-year-old from Manurewa trained through the BCITO, and is employed by CS Building.

Logan impressed the judges with his passion and maturity far beyond his age, and his grasp of his building environment.

“Logan brought knowledge, enthusiasm and quiet confidence to the competition.

“His employer spoke of his can-do attitude, enthusiasm and loyalty, and this definitely shone through throughout the competition.

“Logan is a worthy recipient and clear winner of this year’s award. He has an exciting future ahead of him in the industry,” the judges said.


Matthew Abbott
Bay of Plenty Central Plateau

The 22-year-old from Tauranga trained through the BCITO, and is employed by Calley Homes.

The judges say Matthew conducted himself extremely well in the interview and site visit.

They were also impressed with the excellent knowledge he had of his project.

“Matthew is a very confident and self-driven person who will go far in the building industry.

“He is an outstanding young individual with a knowledge base that far exceeds his age,” the judges said.


Vincent Hubbard

The 24-year-old from Hamilton trained through the BCITO, and is employed by Urban Homes.

The judges praised Vincent’s excellent attention to detail, and say he is a well-rounded individual and a worthy recipient of the award.

“His knowledge of his project plans and the materials used, as well as his workmanship, was of a very high standard. He also displayed good knowledge of regulatory requirements.

“Vincent’s rapport with his employer, peers, subcontractors and clients alike, is a credit to himself. He has a very bright future ahead of him.”


Atigiapa Meyrick
Central North Island

The 23-year-old from Palmerston North trained through the BCITO, and is employed by Isles Construction.

The judges were impressed by Atigiapa’s enthusiasm. They say his preparation played a major role in his win.

“Atigiapa’s attitude to the competition was refreshing and a great example of what a young person can achieve if he sets his mind to it.

“His presentation was outstanding in all areas, and his attention to detail during the site visit was beyond what the judges would expect from someone his age. His employers are very lucky to have such an outstanding young apprentice and an extremely likeable young man.”


Jack Clifford
Hawke’s Bay East Coast

The 24-year-old from Napier trained through the BCITO, and is employed by Christie Builders and Joiners.

The judges were wowed by Jack’s wisdom and demeanour, and say he is a very well-rounded individual.

“Jack is a measured young man, with a quiet determination to succeed and do the best he can for himself and his employer.

“He has a fantastic knowledge of the industry, and is a well-deserving winner of this award. We wish him all the best for the national competition.”


Jamie Gaskin
Lower North Island

The 22-year-old from Lower Hutt trained through the BCITO, and is employed by Black Sheep Construction.

The judges say Jamie is a worthy winner of the award, with his confident attitude and in-depth knowledge of his building project.

“We were very impressed with the way Jamie has taken his project from initial concept to construction, being involved in all aspects of pre-planning, consenting and construction.

“Jamie is a very well-rounded builder and a credit to his employer, who has given him the opportunities to shine.”


Olivia Ward
Upper South Island

The 22-year-old from Seddon trained through the BCITO, and is employed by Hunt Construction.

The judges were impressed by Olivia’s passion and skills. They say her knowledge clearly puts her at the top of this competition.

“Olivia is everything you would look for in an apprentice. She is keen to learn new skills and to learn about the products she is using on site.

“She is a well-rounded person and is a credit to her employer and trainers. She may well be a significant role model within the industry in the future.”


Samuel Faid
Central South Island

The 20-year-old from Christchurch trained through the BCITO, and is employed by Jina Andrews Construction Ltd.

Judges say Sam was involved in all parts of his project, and proudly demonstrated how these were completed to a very high standard.

“Sam helped lead a strong Health and Safety culture, and has the utmost respect from his peers on site.

“His employer confirms that he has a skill level and passion beyond his years, and has an exciting future ahead of him in the industry.”


Josh Atkins

The 25-year-old from Queenstown trained through the BCITO, and is employed by Bayshore Builders.

Judges were impressed with Josh’s in-depth and detailed knowledge of the building industry.

“Josh’s attitude to keep learning all he can, including sustainable and eco-building and alternative methods of construction, is a big positive. He communicates well with his employer, fellow workers, subcontractors and clients. His very high standard of workmanship and his drive to be the best was displayed at all levels of the process, and he is deserving of first place.”


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