Southland’s top apprentice named

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Apprentice Corey Mennell (left) who was named Southland's top apprentice at the NZCB Apprentice Challenge earlier this month being congratulated by Southland ITAB tutor Robyn Te Maiharoa. Photo: Supplied

APPRENTICE Corey Mennell has claimed victory against six other skilled apprentices, winning the title of Southland’s top building apprentice at the NZCB Apprentice Challenge, in association with ITM, this month.

The competition was fierce as this year’s challenge received a large amount of entries nationwide, including a record number of entries from female apprentices.

Apprentices were given eight hours to create a park seat from detailed construction plans.

The park seats were assessed by a panel of expert judges on workmanship, measuring, cutting and assembly, with Mennell’s park seat receiving the highest overall score.

The seats will be donated to their respective regional Cancer Society divisions.

Mr Mennell (44) is in the second year of his building apprenticeship at Kennedy Brothers Building.

NZCB chief executive Grant Florence was impressed with the skill, talent, and passion the carpentry apprentices demonstrated – a testament to their dedication, employer support, and the comprehensive training provided by the ITAB (Industry Training Association Building) scheme.

“The future of New Zealand’s building industry is dependent on a robust pipeline of top-quality apprentices. Fostering and encouraging young talent is a responsibility NZCB takes seriously.

“We encourage our member builders to take on apprentices, as it creates a pathway into the industry and ensures the sector can meet the increasing demand for trade-qualified, highly-skilled and well-rounded building professionals,” Mr Florence said.

As the regional winner, Mr Mennell takes home a range of trade tools , and will represent Southland at the NZCB Apprentice Challenge Final, to be held at the NZCB Annual Conference in Christchurch on June 14 and 15.

Mennell will face 19 other regional winners from around the country to compete for the Ken Read Memorial Trophy and $50,000 in prizes.

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