Timaru apprentice nails regional challenge

Celebrating a successful event are (from left) New Zealand Certified Builders (NZCB) regional Mid...
Celebrating a successful event are (from left) New Zealand Certified Builders (NZCB) regional Mid and South Canterbury president Jonny Rive, the Hon Jo Luxton, apprentices Connor Perriton, Jayden Marshall and Quade Toy, Rangitata MP James Meager and NZCB Mid and South Canterbury vice-president Dan Gallagher. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Timaru’s Quade Toy claimed the title of Mid and South Canterbury’s champion apprentice on Saturday.

Mr Toy, 22, competed in the regional heats of the annual New Zealand Certified Builders Apprentice Challenge (NZCB) sponsored by ITM.

The apprentices were given just eight hours to build a picnic table that followed specific design plans and met minimum safety standards.

The picnic tables were assessed by a panel of expert judges, who looked at technical aspects such as the quality of workmanship, measuring, cutting and assembly, as well as other essential skills while working against the clock, including their ability to follow a detailed plan and safe working technique.

Mr Toy is carrying out his building apprenticeship at Gale Builders.

As well as winning the title of regional champion, he also won a $500 ITM gift voucher to redeem on trade tools and earned a place in the national final representing Mid and South Canterbury, where he will compete against 19 other regional winners from across New Zealand for the Ken Read Memorial Trophy and $50,000 of prizes.

The national final will be held at the NZCB National Conference and Expo in Wellington in June.

NZCB industry pathways and apprenticeship manager Nick Matthews said the competition on Saturday demonstrated the outstanding quality and diversity of apprentices training in the industry.

"It’s really encouraging for the building sector to see the talent and motivation displayed by the next generation of Kiwi builders at this year’s Apprentice Challenge.

"The regional competitions demonstrate how many skilled carpentry apprentices there are in New Zealand and we can’t wait to see them compete at this year’s national final. It’s a great way to celebrate those excelling in their work, whilst recognising the importance of supporting those starting out in the industry."

The picnic tables built on Saturday will be sold to raise money for the NZCB Apprentice Trust, which is designed to support members of the Apprentice Network with grants and scholarships.