Builder off to NZ apprentice of year contest

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Oamaru builder Ben Bringans will represent the southern region at the New Zealand apprentice of the year competition in Auckland in November.
Mr Bringans was named the Southern Registered Master Builders Carters apprentice of the year in a ceremony at Queenstown Memorial Hall last Friday.
His win netted him a range of tools, $2000 to spend at Carters and a spot on an Outward Bound course.
The former Waitaki Boys’ High School pupil said he was pleased with his win and felt honoured.
The reward was recognition of the skills he was taught by his peers and bosses, who were all happy with the competition result, he said.
“They’re pleased for me –┬ájust can’t wait to see what the next step is.”
Mr Bringans will head to Auckland for the national competition on November 3 and 4, where he will compete against nine other regional finalists in an interview and practical section.
“I’ll do my best on the day and see what happens.”
His decision to enter the building trade came in 2012 after he finished an aircraft engineering course in Blenheim and was home in Oamaru helping a family friend install building frames.
“I just enjoyed what I was doing.”
The 22-year-old builder said the projects he worked on that stood out as highlights were the constructions of Omarama’s fire station and school.
His goal was to either run his own business, or become a foreman or project manager.
He described his trade as exciting and said no two days were ever the same.