New Zealands Apprentice of the Year named

Issue 33 – November 2011

New Zealand's construction industry can be certain that its future is in safe hands judging by the talent celebrated at an awards evening in Wellington on 29 October 2011. Dunedin apprentice Ryan Keogh, 22, was named the Registered Master Builders Carters 2011 'Apprentice of the Year' after competing alongside 10 national finalists from up and down New Zealand.

Second place was awarded to Matt Saathof, 21, of Hastings who is employed by Gemco Construction in Havelock North. Twenty-year-old Tom Storey of Opotiki, employed by Simon Linton Construction Ltd in Ohope, took out third place.

The competition judges said Ryan, employed by Naylor Love Construction Ltd in Dunedin and trained by the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation, performed consistently across the competition. 'He's going to be an asset to the industry because he is passionate about the building industry and he has a desire to succeed,' judges said. 'Ryan is strong in his health and safety knowledge, and his workmanship is very good. Ryan said he would rather take his time and get things right, and that showed through in his performance in the competition's practical component.'

The Minister for Building and Construction, Hon Maurice Williamson, says the competition provides a great platform for talented young apprentices to further themselves and prove that the industry is in safe hands.

Summarised from a Registered Master Builders media release 30 October 2011.

Published in building.