Hamil­ton builder named top ap­pren­tice for Waikato

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Ap­pren­tice Jor­don Tira was named Waikato’s top build­ing ap­pren­tice at the NZCB Ap­pren­tice Chal­lenge on Satur­day.

A field of six com­peted at the event, which at­tracted a record num­ber of en­tries na­tion­wide.

Ap­pren­tices had eight hours to cre­ate a chil­dren’s cas­tle play­house from de­tailed con­struc­tion plans, fea­tur­ing a tur­ret and work­ing draw­bridge. A panel of ex­perts judged each play­house on work­man­ship, mea­sur­ing, cut­ting and as­sem­bly, with Jor­don’s play­house re­ceiv­ing the high­est score.

Jor­don, 28, is in the fourth year of his build­ing ap­pren­tice­ship at A Cut Above Build­ing in Hamil­ton. As the re­gional win­ner, he takes home a Makita power tool and Itm­branded mer­chan­dise, cour­tesy of spon­sor ITM, and will rep­re­sent Waikato at the NZCB Ap­pren­tice Chal­lenge Fi­nal, at the NZCB An­nual Con­fer­ence in Ro­torua on May 25 and 26.

He will com­pete against 19 other re­gional win­ners from around the coun­try for the national ti­tle, and a prize pack val­ued at over $50,000.

NZCB chief ex­ec­u­tive Grant Florence was im­pressed with the tal­ent on show. The high level of tech­ni­cal skills demon­strated by the ap­pren­tices was the re­sult of com­pre­hen­sive train­ing through the ITAB (In­dus­try Train­ing As­so­ci­a­tion Build­ing) scheme and their em­ployer, com­bined with per­sonal ded­i­ca­tion and skill, he said.

“Top-qual­ity ap­pren­tices are crit­i­cal for the fu­ture of New Zealand’s grow­ing build­ing in­dus­try. Fos­ter­ing and en­cour­ag­ing young tal­ent is a re­spon­si­bil­ity NZCB takes se­ri­ously.

“We en­cour­age our mem­ber builders to take on ap­pren­tices, as it cre­ates a path­way into the in­dus­try and en­sures the sec­tor can meet the in­creas­ing de­mand for trade-qual­i­fied, high­lyskilled and well-rounded build­ing pro­fes­sion­als,” says Grant.

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Hamil­ton build­ing ap­pren­tice Jor­don Tira of A Cut Above Build­ing has been named Waikato’s top build­ing ap­pren­tice.

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