Cromwell builder wins NZCB Apprentice Challe

Central Otago New Zealand Certified Builders (NZCB) Apprentice Challenge champion for 2021, Briearnah Cook.

Apprentice Briearnah Cook has claimed the title of the Central Otago New Zealand Certified Builders (NZCB) Apprentice Challenge champion for 2021, after competing against two other apprentices on April 10.

The apprentices were put through their paces, 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 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, with Cook receiving the top score overall.

 Cook, aged 21, is undertaking her building apprenticeship at Brook Carr Building. As well as winning the title of regional champion, she also won an ITM prize pack of trade tools and earned a place in the national final representing Central Otago.

 There she will compete against 18 other regional winners from across New Zealand for the Ken Read Memorial Trophy and $50,000 worth of prizes. The national final will be held at the NZCB Annual Conference in Wellington on June 11-12.

 NZCB Apprentice Challenge Manager, Nick Matthews, said the show of carpentry talent on Saturday was a testament to the high-calibre of apprentices currently in industry training.

“The future of New Zealand’s building industry is dependent on a robust pipeline of trade-qualified and well-rounded carpentry professionals. We encourage NZCB member builders to support this by taking on apprentices, as in doing so they provide a pathway into the industry and help to ensure there are highly-skilled builders coming through to meet the increasing demand for the sector,” says Mathews.

Read edition 1022 of the Wānaka Sun here.


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