Media release: 5 September 2014
Top building apprentice in Northern Region announced
Mangonui carpentry apprentice Kyran Vaniperen has been named the Northern Region Registered Master Builders Carters 2014
Apprentice of the Year.
The 25 year old, employed by Coastal Homes in Coopers Beach and trained through the BCITO, impressed judges who say he
was very competent on a difficult build.
“Kyran had good safety systems in place and received positive feedback from his employer. He is a highly organised and
well-rounded builder with excellent people skills,” they said.
Kyran was awarded an array of prizes, including his choice of either a study grant to the value of $2,000 or $2,000 to
spend at Carters and a place at an Outward Bound Leadership Programme, as well as the sought-after title of Northern
Registered Master Builders Carters 2014 Apprentice of the Year.
Second place in the Northern Region was awarded to Jacob Hesketh, 22, of Takapuna, employed by PHD Construction in
Bayswater, while third place went to Benjamin Wedgwood, 26, of Warkworth, employed by Little Tree Construction.
The results were announced at an awards evening at Bluestone Room in Auckland on Thursday 4 September.
Registered Master Builders acting chief executive Brendon Ward says it is gratifying to see a strong group of contenders
putting themselves forward to be judged against their peers at this year’s Apprentice of the Year competition.
“Apprentices who are willing to stand up and strive to be the best they can be demonstrate the excellent talent coming
through our building and construction industry. The builders who take on those apprentices should also be praised for
their contribution to the growth and succession of the sector.”
Simon Henderson, General Manager Sales & Operations at Carters, says the Apprentice of the Year competition aligns with Carters’ business priority of
encouraging and recognising success within the building and construction sector.
“As the building industry continues to strengthen and expand, it’s important that apprentices continue to strive for
excellence. We believe Apprentice of the Year encourages best practice right from the beginning of a builder’s career,”
Kyran will now go on to compete against the winners from eight other regions at the national competition in Auckland
where each apprentice will undergo a 45-minute interview with the national judging panel.
Finalists will then compete in a practical carpentry challenge where each apprentice will be tasked with completing a
small building project, to be gifted to local charities on completion. The practical challenge will take place at The
Cloud on Friday 17 October and will be open to the public.
The winner of the Registered Master Builders Carters 2014 Apprentice of the Year will then be announced at an awards
dinner at The Cloud.
Apprentices, employers and young people aspiring to be a part of the construction industry are encouraged to join the
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/apprenticeoftheyear
and for more information visit www.apprenticeoftheyear.co.nz
Owned by the Registered Master Builders Association, the Apprentice of the Year competition is made possible thanks to
principal sponsor Carters, the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO), and supporting sponsor
the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).