What it Takes to be Apprentice of the Year

16 December 2015

Tall, buff, knows the difference between a hammer and a handsaw and is probably qualified. This is what used to cut it for apprentices in New Zealand. Now with competition tightening, this is starting to toughen up.

But what does it take to be a great apprentice? Like the Registered Master Builders Carters 2015 Apprentice of the Year? The 2015 winner of this title Shaun Campbell reckons it all comes from being taught by the best. Shaun told Nelson Live,

“I’ve always enjoyed helping dad out so I suppose being a builder was meant to be. I picked up my first plastic toy hammer when I was two or three and have been building things ever since.”

Judges rated Shaun highly for his knowledge of the industry and the way he handled his product submission. In a statement, judges also said he was a strong allrounder with a passion for the craft. For the final competition, Shaun was required to build a children’s playhouse to be donated to charity.



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