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Inaugural Concrete Industry Apprentice Of The Year

Tuesday, 22 November 2016  
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Carl Hay of Eastern Bay Concrete 2014 Ltd in Opotiki took home the inaugural Concrete Industry Apprentice of the Year award at the New Zealand Concrete Industry Conference held at the Ellerslie Events Centre in Auckland, 6 to 8 October.

With a well-developed set of skills across concrete placing, finishing and construction, Carl describes himself as confident in his role, and as having a very good relationship with management and peers.  His employer, Shane Clark, says, “Carl is an asset to the company and a positive sounding board.”

Carl's BCITO training advisor, Scott Braithwaite, also had a few words of praise to add, “I admire Carl’s ever increasing thirst for knowledge which supports his impressive all-round practical skills.”

Carl is approaching the completion of his Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) National Certificate in Concrete Construction, after which he intends to enrol in the National Certificate in Concrete Production.

Cement & Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ) Chief Executive, Rob Gaimster, points out that the construction industry is currently faced with a shortage of skilled workers, and having more people enrolling in BCITO qualifications is a key strategy in addressing this issue.

“As such, CCANZ and BCITO decided it was time to celebrate high achievers, along with those that offer their support, by establishing the Concrete Industry Apprentice of the Year award for all those enrolled in, or who have recently completed, one of the BCITO's concrete apprenticeships,” says Rob.

“The quality of the finalists was outstanding, covering those that work (and train) in precast concrete, placing and finishing, concrete production and concrete construction. To say the judges were impressed is an understatement.

“However, Carl stood out as a particularly worthy candidate who thoroughly deserved to be recognised for his technical competency in concrete construction, as well as his appetite to learn, and his leadership, communication and enterprise skills.

“I see the Concrete Industry Apprentice of the Year award going from strength-to-strength over the coming years.  It will be a key component in celebrating excellence among our apprentices, recognising the importance of trade training and saluting employer and family support structures.

“Ultimately, the concrete industry offers a tremendous range of opportunities for those considering a construction trade.  A perfect way to demonstrate commitment is to enrol in one of the 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 principal sponsors the BCITO and CCANZ.