12 Apprentices took on the challenge at the Unitec Campus in Auckland on the 6th April.
A huge amount of effort is required to get these technically challenging projects completed exactly to spec and in the time allowed.
Have a look at some highlights from the day in this video.
Carpentry apprentices from around New Zealand compete at regional locations nationwide in an eight-hour competition involving a unique building project. Judged by a panel of experienced building practitioners and industry educators, the successful regional winner is the apprentice that shows the highest standard of craftsmanship, safe working technique and time management.
Every apprentice receives a prize for taking part on the day with prizes available for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place getters. Plus regional winners win an all expenses paid trip to the NZCB National Conference and Expo to compete in the National Challenge. The Conference and Expo is a valuable opportunity to network, learn, be inspired and gain a big picture view of the building industry.
Whangarei – NorthTec Polytechnic
Auckland – Unitec Institute of Technology – Mt Albert Campus
Hamilton – Wintec Waikato Institute of Technology
Tauranga – Mount Maunganui – Te Papa O Nga Manu Porotakataka (formally known as Phoenix Car park Area)
Taupo – Roberts Street Reserve, lakefront.
Gisborne – Tumu ITM Gisborne
Taranaki – New Plymouth ITM
Masterton – 71 Ngaumutawa Rd
Wellington – Parapine ITM – Upper Hutt
Nelson – Motueka ITM
Christchurch – Hamptons ITM
Timaru – Timaru ITM
Cromwell – Southern Lakes ITM
Dunedin – Otago Polytechnic
Invercargill – EH Ball ITM
Held in conjunction with the annual NZCB National Conference and Expo, regional finalists are put through their paces competing for the Ken Read Memorial Trophy and $50,000 in prizes.
To compete, each apprentice must:
The winner of the NZCB Apprentice Challenge is the carpentry apprentice with the highest practical ability combined with the paramount industry knowledge required of a Trade Qualified Building Professional.