Top carpentry apprentices named
The top three apprentices from the Waikato have been decided in this year’s Registered Master Builders Carters Apprentice of the Year. Hayden Lambert from Hamilton was named the top apprentice. The 26-year-old was trained through BCITO and is employed by SJR Builders. The Apprentice of the Year competition recognises excellence among carpentry apprentices and raises awareness of career opportunities in the building and construction industry. The competition tests the sector’s future leaders’ project management, business, presentation, and practical skills. For the regional competition, each apprentice had to submit a building project, then take part in a two-hour practical challenge where they had to build build a shoe rack. The top 10 from each region then progressed to the interview stage with a judging panel and an onsite visit to discuss their project. The top apprentice from each region will compete in the Master Builders national competition. This includes a 45-minute interview with the national judging panel and a six-hour practical skills test. Judges comments First: Hayden Lambert (SJR Builders) BCITO, from Hamilton Hayden was a standout during this year’s Waikato competition and was a consistent top performer. From an exceptional submission and confident interview to a fantastic practical performance, Hayden was most impressive. During his site visit, he showed an outstanding comprehension of a complex and detailed build that was well above where the judges expected any apprentice would be. Second: Edward Johnstone (Kelvin Lalich Builders) BCITO, from Hamilton During Edward’s site visit, he demonstrated knowledge well beyond his years — there was not one area of his project that he didn’t fully understand. Taking a lead role in a very complex roofing structure that many qualified carpenters would struggle with, he impressed his on-site foreman during the build, as well as the judges during the site visit. Third: Caylan Wairepo (T Wilson Builders) BCITO, from Ngaruawahia Caylan excelled in both the practical challenge and the formal interview, showing great knowledge plus an in-depth understanding of the industry and code. Caylan is undoubtedly an asset to his team.