Inhaus builder top apprentice

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Building apprentice Shaun Campbell has been named the Upper South Island Region’s Registered Master Builders Carters 2015 Apprentice of the Year.

The 20-year-old from Nelson trained through BCITO and works for Inhaus Developments Ltd.

Shaun says that he prides himself on his attention to detail, self-motivation and passion for the construction industry.

“Over the past year I have had to develop my communication skills to deal with both clients and subcontractors,” Shaun says. “The thing I love the most about building is seeing the smile on a client’s face after a finished project completed to a high standard.”

Judges said Shaun demonstrated a high level of competence in his knowledge of the industry, and in the way he managed his project submission.

“Shaun’s attention to detail showed through in the project and his willingness to always look at ways of improving what he has done in the past really demonstrates his passion for the construction industry.”

Shaun was awarded a range of products and tools, $2000 to spend at Carters, and a spot at an Outward Bound Course.

Second place in the Upper South Island region was awarded to Zac Forbes, 26, from Nelson and employed by Craig Finnie Building. Philip Hogan, 24 from Greymouth and employed Colville Hofman Builders was awarded third place.

The results were announced at an awards evening on Saturday at The Boathouse in Nelson.

RMBA Chief Executive David Kelly says the outstanding group of contenders this year reflects a real commitment from the construction industry to apprenticeships.

“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.

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

Each finalist will undergo a 45-minute interview with the national judging panel. They will then compete in a practical carpentry challenge where each apprentice will be tasked with building a playhouse to be donated to local charities.
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 then be announced at an awards dinner at The Cloud that evening.