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Waikato Carpentry Apprentice of the Year announced

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The Registered Master Builders Carters 2005 Apprentice of the Year - Waikato Region winner with dignatires at the event. From the left - John Cocks "Cocksy" (MC), David Speight (Winner), Paul Hammerich (Carters) and Peter Santner (Waikato Association President)

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David Speight, Registered Master Builders Carters 2005 Apprentice of the Year - Waikato Region winner

Media Release
13 October 2005

2005 Waikato Region Carpentry Apprentice of the Year announced

David Speight, 22, of Whitianga has won the inaugural Registered Master Builders Carters 2005 Apprentice of the Year competition for the Waikato Region.

Announced last night at a function in Hamilton, David was presented with his award by Peter Santner, President, Waikato Registered Master Builders Association; Paul Hammerich, Area Manager, Carters; and Peter Robson, Chairman of the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO).

The event was well attended and guests included Deputy Mayor of Hamilton, Bob Simcock, and John Cocks, “Cocksy”, from Carters who was MC for the evening. The competition aims to foster and encourage the training and development of young carpentry apprentices.

Entrants are judged on their practical skills, knowledge of the building sector and materials, and the way they relate to people. Endorsement from their employer and education institution is also taken into account. Speight, a carpentry apprentice for Rod Percival Builders Ltd in Whitianga, said he was thrilled to win the prestigious competition.

Terry Davis, Carters representative on the judging panel, said: “David possesses impressive organisational skills and a high degree of professionalism. The future of the building industry is in good stead and will benefit from the contribution from someone of his calibre.”

Pieter Burghout, Chief Executive of Registered Master Builders said the Federation was committed to industry training and the Apprentice of the Year awards helped it to encourage young people into the sector.

“The construction industry is an excellent career choice and rewarding successful apprentices is a great way to nurture and grow the future of the sector. These awards provide an incentive for trainees and demonstrate the kind of personal and trade skills we are looking for in our young people coming through.”

Katrina Osborn, spokesperson from principal sponsor Carters agrees, “Apprentices are the key to the construction sector’s future. Carters want to support young tradespeople as they gain the skills and experience they need to build successful careers.”

Speight receives an Outward Bound Leadership course to the value of $3,500 and a study grant of $2,500 on winning the competition.

Second place in the competition went to William Johnston, 22, of Taupiri, Hamilton while Matt Looker, 26, of Hamilton was third. Both received building tools and apparel from Carters. Myles Gordon, 22, of Hamilton received a Highly Commended award.

The Registered Master Builders Carters 2005 Apprentice of the Year is supported by principal sponsor Carters; and supporting sponsor the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO).

For more information on the competition, contact your local Carters stores, BCITO or registered master builder, or visit


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