Bay’s best ap­pren­tice

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Waipuku­rau ap­pren­tice Matthew Mori­son has been named the Hawke’s Bay East Coast Reg­is­tered Mas­ter Builders Carters 2018 Ap­pren­tice of the Year.

The 22 year old trained through the Build­ing and Con­struc­tion In­dus­try Train­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion and is em­ployed by Waipuku­rau Con­struc­tion.

Matthew im­pressed the judges with the skills he had learned. This year, ap­pren­tices put their skills to the test in the first re­gional prac­ti­cal chal­lenge. Ap­pren­tices were judged on their ini­tial en­try sub­mis­sion, with the top 10 in each re­gion pro­gress­ing to an in­ter­view with the judg­ing panel and an on-site visit where con­tes­tants dis­cussed their project.

Judges said Matthew was an out­stand­ing young man who ca­pa­bly demon­strated his wide range of skills.

“Matthew im­pressed in his project sub­mis­sion, in­ter­view and site visit, es­pe­cially with his pas­sion for health and safety.

“He showed great prod­uct knowl­edge and lead­er­ship qual­i­ties on site. Matthew is a well-grounded young man who is mo­ti­vated to suc­ceed and will go far in the build­ing in­dus­try.”

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

The re­sults were an­nounced at an awards cer­e­mony at Palmer­ston North Con­fer­ence and Func­tion Cen­tre on Fri­day night.

Matthew will now com­pete against the win­ners from the other nine re­gions at the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in Auck­land on Novem­ber 9.

Each fi­nal­ist will un­dergo a 45-minute in­ter­view with the na­tional judg­ing panel.

They will then com­pete in a prac­ti­cal car­pen­try chal­lenge, the prod­uct of which will be do­nated to a lo­cal char­ity.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED.

Waipuku­rau Con­struc­tion’s Matthew Mori­son cel­e­brat­ing with a beer after be­ing named the Hawke’s Bay East Coast Reg­is­tered Mas­ter Builders Ap­pren­tice of the Year in Palmer­ston North on Fri­day night.

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