Certified Builders Carpentry Apprentice Challenge national final - Adam Johnson (3rd), Clement Richer (1st), Wade Puklowski (2nd).

Local lad places second in national apprentice challenge

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After smashing out the regional rounds, local champion Wade Puklowski took on the rest of the country in the national final of the Certified Builders Carpentry Apprentice Challenge.

Wade, 23, flew into the capital for the May 26-28 challenge and is flying home with a well-earned second place.

Clement Richer, 34, from Auckland’s Herne Bay took away the top prize while third went to Adam Johnson, 24, from Whangaparaoa, Auckland.

Max Southworth, 23, from Tauranga, received the Chairman’s Personality Award.

New Zealand Certified Builders Association (NZCB) Chief Executive, Grant Florence, says a major focus is fostering more quality apprentices.

“This is one of the reasons why we run our Carpentry Apprentice Challenge, as well as to recognise the talent coming up in the industry.

“The apprentices’ technical skills were tested during the regional events, where they were tasked with building a children’s playhouse to set specifications within an eight-hour timeframe. The final challenge involved a panel interview and presentation to test their theoretical knowledge and communication, which are particularly important skills to hone in an industry that demands a high standard of professionalism,” says Grant.

This is the 9th year of the Certified Builders Carpentry Apprentice Challenge, which is run by NZCB and the Industry Training Association Building (ITAB), in conjunction with industry training providers across New Zealand.