Northland’s Matt Hatchard (above centre), aged 36 no less, has claimed the title of the country’s top building apprentice in the 2018 New Zealand Certified Builders (NZCB) Apprentice Challenge.
Robert Piutau, 33 (above left), from Auckland took out second place with Thomas Ashley, 25 (above right), from Nelson a fine third.
The trio was among 19 Finalists from across the country who were winners of the regional competitions held last month.
The Final was held at the NZCB annual conference in Rotorua on 25-26 May, where Finalists were judged on examples of their work, dedication towards their apprenticeship and a presentation to the 700+ NZCB member builders at conference.
The NZCB Apprentice Challenge is held in association with the Industry Training Association Building (ITAB) and prizes for the national Final were generously provided by event sponsors PlaceMakers, ITM, Paslode, Winstone Wallboards and others.
The NZCB Apprentice Challenge is not to be confused with the long running Registered Master Builders Apprentice of the Year, in association with CARTERS, for which entries close on 4 June 2018.