2010 Apprentice of the Year Isaac Alder

Issue 24 – February 2011

Nelson builder Isaac Alder has won the coveted title of the Registered Master Builders 2010 Apprentice of the Year. Rhys Doesburg of Wellington was second and Northland's Atama O'Donnell took out third place.

The national competition judges described Isaac, who is employed by Russell Bruce Contract Builders, as a passionate young man with the building skills to back it up. The judges said, 'Isaac displayed exceptional skills in all facets of the competition and showed a real appreciation of the importance of building as a business, as well as the practical skills required to reinforce ensuring his future success.'

The Apprentice of the Year competition is in its seventh year and has grown steadily since its inception. This was the first year the competition had introduced a practical judging component in the national final.

The Minister for Building and Construction, Hon Maurice Williamson, who presented the awards, said the competition showcases the skills and ability of tomorrow's builders. 'The building industry has faced a number of challenges over the past 2 years and it's great to see such a vibrant talented group of young carpentry apprentices coming into the industry.

'The Apprentice of the Year competition provides a great platform for growth, and judging by the standard of this year's entrants, the industry is in safe hands.'

Before the winners were announced, Minister Williamson mentioned that he was due to visit China, and although the visit was in his capacity as Minister of Customs, the authorities in China had expressed a desire for a presentation about the survival of buildings in Canterbury during the earthquake. Minister Williamson said this shows New Zealand's Building Code is world class.

The Apprentice of the Year competition is a joint initiative by Carters, the Registered Master Builders' Federation, the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation and the Department of Building and Housing. It aims to recognise excellence among carpentry apprentices and raise awareness of career opportunities in the building and construction industry.

Summarised from Codewords November/December 2010, Department of Building and Housing.

Published in building.