Bay’s best apprentice
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.
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.