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Precaster Wins 2017 Apprentice of the Year Award

Wednesday, 22 November 2017  
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Will Wara of Formstress Precast in Auckland collected the 2017 Concrete Industry Apprentice of the Year award at the New Zealand Concrete Industry Conference held at Te Papa in Wellington, 12 to 14 October. 

Always thinking of new ways to improve the working environment and increase productivity, Will possesses a tremendous set of technical skills and a strong work ethic that complement his friendly rapport and approachable manner.

Recently appointed to the role of Foreman, Will is motivated by the challenge of leading a team and seeing colleagues improve their skill through his support. Greg Johnston of Formstress Precast says, “Will has progressed quickly through the ranks due to his attitude and enthusiasm.”

Will’s BCITO training advisor, Fred Paul, is also keen to acknowledge Will’s professional and personal talents, highlighting Will’s “excellent leadership qualities.”

Will has finished his Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) Level 2 National Certificate in Concrete Core Skills, and is approaching the completion of his Level 3 National Certificate in Precast Concrete.

“The Concrete Apprentice of the Year Award recognises someone who is making a valuable contribution to their industry; it gives them the chance to be celebrated by their peers, and also the opportunity to be a role model to those who may be considering an apprenticeship.  Of course these achievements can’t happen without the dedication and support of employers who train our future leaders,” says Warwick Quinn, Chief Executive, BCITO.


Concrete New Zealand (NZ) Chief Executive, Rob Gaimster, points out that the construction industry is currently constrained by a lack of skilled workers, and that an important mechanism to overcome this problem is for more people to enrol in a BCITO qualification.

“Concrete NZ and BCITO launched the Concrete Industry Apprentice of the Year award last year for all those enrolled in, or who have recently completed, one of BCITO's concrete apprenticeships, with the mission to celebrate high achievers,” says Rob.

“The calibre of the entries in 2017 was exceptional, covering those that work (and train) in precast concrete, placing and finishing, concrete production and concrete construction.  Judging this year was a very challenging, but rewarding experience.“Will shone through as a highly commendable trainee who warranted recognition for his technical ability in precast concrete production, as well as his enthusiasm to acquire new skills, and his exemplary communication and leadership qualities.

“The Concrete Industry Apprentice of the Year award has gained great momentum since its inception, and will be pivotal to our industry celebrating excellence of apprentices, the importance of trade training and the value of employer and family support.

“Those setting out on a career in construction will do well to consider the fantastic opportunities available across the concrete industry.  A key step on this journey is to enrol in one of BCITO’s concrete-based National Certificates.” 
The award was open to all those enrolled in, or who had recently completed, one of the following BCITO concrete based apprenticeships:

  • Precast Concrete (Level 3)
  • Concrete Production (Level 3)
  • Product Manufacture: Pipe (Level 3)
  • Product Manufacture: Masonry Product (Level 3) 
  • Construction: Sawing & Drilling (Level 3)
  • Construction: Placing & Finishing (Level 3)
  • Concrete Construction (Level 4)

The Concrete Industry Apprentice of the Year was made possible thanks to major sponsors BCITO and Concrete NZ.