Apprentices give away playhouses


Early childcare centres will receive a present following this year’s Certified Builders Carpentry Apprentice Challenge.

Nelson apprentices competing in this afternoon’s challenge will be building children’s playhouses to be donated to local early childcare providers.

The challenge will be held today at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology Building Barn and is open to the public after 1pm, the playhouses expected to be completed from around 4pm.

Apprentices from across Nelson will be showcasing their skills at and competing to build the playhouses to set specifications and safety standards, within a set timeframe.

Certified Builders Nelson is inviting all local play centres, kindergartens, crèches and other early childcare providers to get in touch by contacting Nick Matthews  at [email protected] if they are interested in a playhouse.

Designed specifically for preschoolers, the play houses will include a small climbing wall, stepladder and low swing.

The playhouses will be donated in their natural timber state so that early childcare providers can use them as is or paint them as they choose to add their own personal touch.

The challenge is one of 12 events being held across New Zealand over March – April, with the winners of each region going through to the Certified Builders Carpentry Apprentice Challenge Final to be held at the Certified Builders Annual Conference in Wellington on May 26-28.