Challenge Accepted

On Saturday 1 April (no joke!) the 2023 New Zealand Certified Builders (NZCB) Apprentice Challenge Sponsored by ITM was held at various NZCB regional locations nationwide.

This year’s event saw 108 apprentices entered, and for the first time in the history of the Apprentice Challenge, we had to turn a handful away due to being oversubscribed.

The 2023 project, a pre-schoolers’ playhouse fort, was a challenging task for most entrants. Unlike previous years, this project contained more components associated with traditional building and carpentry work. The pitched roof required apprentices to calculate the angle and common rafter length. Challengers were also expected to use ‘best trade practice’ given the supplied fixings and materials. While this proved tricky for first year apprentices, most completed the task, and 21 apprentices qualified for the National Final in Christchurch held in May.

As in previous years, the proceeds from the sale of all completed projects will be donated to a deserving charity. This year’s recipient is KidsCan Charitable Trust, who support schools and early childhood centres, and are providing support to the flood effected Hawke’s Bay. Many projects were purchased by the apprentices and some have been donated by NZCB Regional Committees to worthy community groups and organisations – as a way to raise awareness of NZCB.

Thanks to the ongoing sponsorship from ITM, every apprentice received an ITM prize package with the top three apprentices collected ITM gift vouchers valued at $500, $300, and $200 respectively. Supporting ITM stores nationwide supplied construction materials, and many hosted the event in store, going above and beyond to enhance the experience for all involved. ITM’s support will continue through to the National Final as the naming rights sponsor. Many thanks to ITM for their ongoing support of the NZCB Apprentice Challenge.

Congratulations to all apprentices who entered the 2023 NZCB Apprentice Challenge. Regardless of the result, each apprentice should be acknowledged for entering and taking part in the competition. It’s never easy and can be daunting when under the spotlight of judges, employers, family, and peers, so well done to you all.

NZCB looks forward to hosting the qualifying apprentices at the National Final, who will compete for the Ken Read Memorial Trophy and title of overall winner 2023 NZCB Apprentice Challenge Sponsored by ITM.

May the best apprentice win!

Click Here to view some of the images uploaded to the NZCB closed Facebook Group.

Nick Matthews
NZCB Industry Pathways and Apprenticeship Manager

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