There are a number of benefits to employers of apprentices who enter this competition. Not the least of these is the exposure for your business and the kudos of being seen to support and encourage the building and construction talent of New Zealand’s future. Without employers willing to pass on their skills to the new generations our industry can’t survive and thrive. To recognise the importance of this and make a conscious effort to ensure that the training of young people in our industry continues, marks you as a leader in our industry.
Here’s what employers of past Apprentice of the Year entrants have to say about the competition.
The building industry offers great opportunities for talented young builders who have the commitment and the skills to build a career and make a name for themselves. 2016 Apprentice of Year Callum Bryson has certainly done that.
Callum currently works in a site foreman/site manager role (depending on the project) for McMillan and Lockwood in Palmerston North. He completed an Apprenticeship through BCITO and, with a year to run on that Apprenticeship, he was already fulfilling the role of site manager for some projects. As well as his BCITO carpentry qualification, he completed a New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trades (Supervisor) – Level 4. Callum says that people and leadership skills are as important as practical skills when it comes to his site management roles.
His boss, Rob Pedersen, says that when he has a team member like Callum whose potential is evident, he has no qualms about providing the opportunity to step up.
Rob pointed out that the project Callum submitted for Apprentice of the Year was a particularly challenging one. The work was highly complex and the site was 100km from the support of home base.
Callum also acknowledges the importance of the opportunity he was given – while it’s a bit like being thrown in at the deep end, with hard work and plenty of support along the way he made the most of the opportunity to step up and take his career to the next level.
For those thinking of entering the Apprentice of the Year competition, Callum reflects on the pride and sense of accomplishment for both trainees and their bosses. “Get out there and enter – only good can come of it.”
Russell Campbell of Inhaus Developments Limited in Nelson is the proud employer and father of 2015 Apprentice of the Year winner Shaun Campbell.
Shaun was a very young winner, only 20 years of age, but Russell says he makes up for what he lacks in life experience with an absolute passion for building – which he demonstrated from a very young age – and a real pride in what he does.
Russell says that he was particularly impressed by the support from the Apprentice of the Year sponsors, which meant that apart from the small time commitment for apprentices to enter, there was very little cost involved for employers. He encourages other employers to support their apprentices to enter – he’ll definitely be suggesting his other apprentice gives it a shot.
Russell Clarke, owner of Licensed Renovations, says he encourages his employees to enter the Apprentice of the Year competition, because it’s good for his business, and it’s good for the apprentices.
Russell’s company has been involved with the competition for a number of years, with employee Cody Webby, winning the Auckland Registered Master Builders Carters 2014 Apprentice of the Year. Cody is a great example of the positive impact the competition can have on an apprentice.
“As a result of the competition, Cody is now 100% focussed,” Russell says. “Cody is now really thinking about where he wants to be. It’s got him to start thinking about what the building industry is going to look like in 10, 20 and 50 years’ time when he has his own company.”
The competition introduces apprentices to the wider parts of the building industry and its stakeholders.
“The bottom line is that there aren’t any downsides to supporting your apprentices to be their best. When your apprentice succeeds so does your business. Who wouldn’t want a top class tradesman to work alongside every day?”
Ben Redmond – Redmond Builders Limited, employer of the Registered Master Builders 2013 Apprentice of the Year
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