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Attitude earns top apprentice award

Attitude earns top apprentice award

Building apprentice Daniel van Tiel has been named the Auckland Region’s Registered Master Builders Carters 2015 Apprentice of the Year.

The 24-year-old, from Karaka, trained through BCITO and works for Van Der Putten Construction Ltd.

The judges said Daniel has a bright future in the construction industry.

“Daniel demonstrated a high level of carpentry skill in his project, and displayed quality work. He has the inner qualities, attitude and skillset to be the very best in the field.

“His clear understanding of his building environment and what is required of him has put him where he belongs – at the top of the Auckland region for 2015 Apprentice of the Year.”

Daniel believes he has an exciting future in the building industry, and aspires to run his own business.

“I’m a motivated, ambitious and hardworking apprentice, with the drive to learn all the different aspects of the building trade.”

Daniel was awarded a range of building products and tools, $2,000 to spend at Carters, and a spot at an Outward Bound Course.

Second place in the Auckland region was awarded to Robbie Sampson, 22, from Titirangi and employed by Hargraves Homes. Shaun Lovell, 21, from Tuakau and employed by Nick Bosanac Builders Ltd was awarded third place.

The results were announced last night (on Thursday 27 August) at an awards evening at Alexandra Park, Auckland.

Registered Master Builders Association (RMBA) Chief Executive David Kelly says the outstanding group of contenders this year reflects a real commitment from the construction industry to apprenticeships.

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“It’s been fantastic to see the skill and commitment of these 145 young apprentices as they make their way towards becoming Master Builders. It’s safe to say the future of the construction industry is in extremely safe hands and the public should be reassured that these young people are intent on achieving the very best quality in their craft,” he says.

Mr Kelly says the growth in apprentice numbers was a real step forward for the sector.

“This competition gives us a glimpse of the capability and determination amongst New Zealand’s apprentices, and has given them a chance to demonstrate their hard work and passion for construction.”

Carters Chief Executive Mike Guy says supporting Apprentice of the Year not only demonstrates Carters' commitment to on-going education, but also recognises the new talent entering the construction industry.

Carters National Sales Manager Rob Watson places importance on constructing lasting partnerships with the future leaders of the building trade.

“As the building industry continues to grow, the training and mentorship of new talent is vital to the future of our industry. Apprentice of the Year supports excellence, and helps apprentices gain invaluable recognition in the industry,” he says.

Daniel will now proceed to compete against the winners from the other nine regions at the national competition in Auckland, on 8 and 9 October.

Each finalist will undergo a 45-minute interview with the national judging panel. They will then compete in a practical carpentry challenge where they will build a play house to be donated to charity. The practical challenge will take place at The Cloud on October 9 and will be open to the public.

The winner of the Registered Master Builders Carters 2015 Apprentice of the Year will be announced at an awards dinner at The Cloud that evening.

Apprentices, employers and young people aspiring to be a part of the construction industry are encouraged to join the Facebook page at

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Owned by the Registered Master Builders Association, the Apprentice of the Year Competition is made possible thanks to principal sponsor Carters, the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO), and supporting sponsors the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and APL through their Altherm, First and Vantage brands.


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