Building apprentices’ hard work acknowledged

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Southern Region Registered Master Builders Apprentice of the Year Award winners (from left) Josh Parkhill, Chris O’Connell and Brendan Smith at the awards ceremony on Friday.

TWO Invercargill apprentices took top prizes in the Southern Region Registered Master Builders Apprentice of the Year Award.

Brendan Smith and Josh Parkhill from Invercargill were judged second and third (respectively) in the competition, while Chris O’Connell from Dunedin took out first place.

The apprentices were judged on a two-hour practical challenge, and their initial entry submission.

Then, the top 10 progressed to an interview with the judging panel, which was followed by an onsite visit where contestants discussed their projects.

The judges said Mr Smith, who is employed by Amalgamated Builders Ltd, came across as someone who could clearly prove his worth as a builder.

“He obviously loves the challenge of complex projects. It is great to see Brendan in commercial construction, building a broad range of skills working on some very complex jobs.”

Judges believed Mr Parkhill, who is employed by RDR Builders Ltd, had improved considerably in the past 12 months since the last competition.

“He has grown in confidence and as a result his presentation style has improved. He has shown the judges an aptitude to manage projects without supervision, proving he is a very capable young man.”

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