Who will become Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2018 Apprentice of the Year?


The future leaders of New Zealand’s construction industry are preparing for a showdown at the Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2018 Apprentice of the Year competition in November.

Each finalist has already demonstrated a 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 is to be held on November 9 at the ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane, Auckland, and will be open to the public.

The competition is taking place alongside the Auckland Build Expo, which will bring together industry professionals and leaders from across the construction sector.

The winner of the Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2018 Apprentice of the Year will be announced at an awards dinner following the practical challenge.

Introducing the Finalists:

Callum Cradock

The 20-year-old from Warkworth trained through the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO), and is employed by Warkworth Construction Ltd.

The judges say Callum showed impressive thought, planning and consideration in his project, and displayed clear leadership skills.

“Callum presented his project in detail, including the challenges of subcontractor management, plan changes and tricky curved skirting boards. He has a maturity about him that belies his age, and goes about his work with confidence and pride.

“As Callum gains more experience in the industry, he will grow into a fantastic carpenter with a bright future ahead of him.”

Thomas Monnery

The 22-year-old from Auckland trained through the BCITO, and is employed by Hutton Builders Ltd.

The judges say Thomas displayed an excellent understanding of his project, and the industry as a whole.

“Thomas confidently displayed his sound knowledge of the project, methods of construction, and site safety.

“This was backed by his peers, who spoke highly of Thomas’ attitude towards his craft and the environment he works in.

“Thomas is a very driven and competent young man who will be an asset to the industry in years to come.”

Sam Pulis
Bay of Plenty Central Plateau

The 24-year-old from Tauranga trained through the BCITO and is employed by Gudsell Designer Homes Ltd.

The judges say Sam has a high level of industry knowledge and skill at this stage of his career.

“Sam entered the competition in 2017, and in the past year he has set goals to gain knowledge and experience to take out the win in 2018.

“He has taken his building knowledge and project leadership abilities to another level.

“Sam’s determination to succeed in everything he does is clear and evident. Knowledge, ability and drive has set him up for a bright future.”

            Curtis Taukiri

The 22-year-old from Hamilton trained through
the BCITO, and is employed by Lunix Homes Ltd.

Curtis impressed the judges with the skills he had learned from his apprenticeship.

“Curtis was a clear winner of the competition, topping all four of the entry components — the written assessment, practical assessment, interview with the judges and the site visit.”

“His building knowledge is outstanding. Curtis has an exceptionally bright future ahead of him, and will be an asset to the building industry.”

Corbin Mills
Central North Island

The 22-year-old from New Plymouth trained through the BCITO, and is employed by B D Hill Building Ltd. 

The judges say Corbin impressed with his all-round ability, scoring highly in each component of the competition.

“Corbin gave a great interview, and has strong communication skills on and off site. He is an apt apprentice, with an eye for detail and the skills for precision tasks.”

Matthew Morison
Hawke’s Bay East Coast

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

The judges say Matthew is an outstanding young man who capably demonstrated his wide range of skills.

“Matthew impressed in his project submission, interview and site visit, especially with his passion for health and safety. He showed great product knowledge and leadership qualities on site.

“Matthew is a well-grounded young man who is motivated to succeed, and will go far in the building industry.”

Kyle Tonks
Lower North Island

The 22-year-old from Porirua trained through the BCITO, and is employed by Tonks Residential Construction Ltd.

The judges say it was evident from Kyle’s project submission and interview that he had an in-depth knowledge of the building process.

“Kyle has stepped up to lead from the front, and is now running the family business. His ability to communicate both in writing and verbally will put him in great stead for his growing development.

“The quality of his work and the scope of understanding of the full arena of building was a pleasure to see. With his drive and skill combined, he has a big future ahead of him in the industry.”

Thomas Ashley
Upper South Island

The 26-year-old from Nelson trained through the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, and is employed by Tasman Homes Ltd.

The judges say Thomas showed great insight into all aspects of building.

“Thomas has a very positive attitude towards his work, matched with a high level of skill. He has a good understanding of the construction process, and exhibits the thinking, attitude and confidence that will see him excel as a qualified carpenter.

“He is a deserving winner with the skills and potential to go far in the building industry.”

Peter Ravn
Central South Island

The 26-year-old from Christchurch trained through the BCITO, and is employed by Armitage Williams Construction Ltd.

The judges say Peter impressed with his excellent practical skills, and showed he has the all-round skills to be the competition winner.

“Peter is a complete all-round professional in the building and construction industry.

“He blew away the judges with his strong practical abilities, unique project submission, and calm demeanour demonstrated on site.”

Angus Gray

The 22-year-old from Lake Hawea trained through the BCITO, and is employed by Bagley Construction Ltd. The judges say Angus has a passion to be successful in life, and that has transferred to his passion for building.

“Angus has a very in-depth knowledge of building systems, compliance and construction techniques. His work has been produced to a very high standard, and displayed various building techniques. He has a clear vision on where he wants to go in the industry, and knows the processes to achieve this.”

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