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Local wins at RMB Apprentice of the Year Awards

Proud to celebrate two decades of excellence among carpentry apprentices, Registered Master Builders in partnership with CARTERS announces the top three apprentices from the Central North Island & East Coast / Hawke's Bay Region. 

Now in its 20th year, the Apprentice of the Year competition recognises excellence among carpentry apprentices and raises awareness of career opportunities in the building and construction industry. The competition tests our future sector leaders' project management, business, presentation, and practical skills.  

For the regional competition, each apprentice had to submit details of a building project they are working on as well as take part in a two-hour practical challenge where they were tasked with building a step stool. The top 10 participants from each region then progressed to an interview stage with a judging panel and an onsite visit to discuss their building project in detail.  

Taharangi McWatters from Foxton has been named the Central North Island & East Coast / Hawke's Bay 2023 Registered Master Builders CARTERS Apprentice of the Year. Taha is employed by Wayne Bishop Group and trained through BCITO | Te Pūkenga.  

Judges said Taha had an outstanding “why me” section in his application and it painted a great picture of who he is. During the practical challenge he had tidy, well-presented tools and worked in an orderly manner.   

"It’s clear that Taha has an incredible passion for construction. He also has a deep understanding of the building sector, which will set him in good stead. He is an enthusiastic apprentice and is well liked and respected by his colleagues. "

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Photo Bridget and Wayne Bishop - Wayne Bishop Group

Wayne Bishop Group employers over 150 staff, which 30 are apprentices. "Seeing young people turn into skilled tradesmen is a wonderful thing because of the implications of gaining a trade qualification is huge for them".

Wayne Bishop loves to see his apprentices thrive and commented on the win to say "Taha positive attitude and his ability communicate and express what he is thinking or doing is outstanding. A lot of guys in our trade struggle to communicate and Taha has real leadership qualities".

Judges noted his incredible passion for construction and a deep understanding of the building sector, which set him in good stead, he's an enthusiastic apprentice who is well liked and respected by his colleagues.