Issue 46 – February 2013
New Zealand can be confident its building industry will be well taken care of in the future, judging by the skills showcased by nine young carpentry apprentices. Mairangi Bay carpentry apprentice James Poore, 22, was named the Registered Master Builders Carters 2012 Apprentice of the Year in Wellington 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, is the standout 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. 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 2012 national competition marks its 6th year, steadily gaining momentum since its inception in 2007. 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 more information, visit www.apprenticeoftheyear.co.nz
Summarised from an Apprentice of the Year media release.