Builder Cook proves up for the NZCB Apprentice Challenge

Oshea Mead-Cardore second, Dean Pohatu third.

Oshea Mead-Cardore second, Dean Pohatu third.

The winner of the Gisborne Hawke’s Bay New Zealand Certified Builders Apprentice Challenge, Jacob Cook, measures timber for the playhouse he had to construct on Saturday at Tumu ITM in Gisborne. Jacob progresses to the national final held in conjunction with the 20th Annual NZCB National Conference & Expo in Rotorua on May 25-26. The finalists will compete for the Ken Read Memorial Trophy and a prize package valued at over $50,000. Pictures by Paul Rickard
Second-placed Oshea Mead-Cardore hard at work on his project.
Dean Pohatu puts his skills to the test on his way to third.

Five builders showed off their skills at the NZCB Apprentice Challenge in Gisborne on Saturday, with Jacob Cook judged the winner.

Second place went to Oshea Mead-Cardore and Dean Pohatu was third.

They were among 120 apprentice builders who battled it out at 15 events across the country for a spot in the national final in Rotorua next month.

The builders had a day to complete a 1.5-metre-high children’s castle playhouse, featuring a turret and working drawbridge. Their work was judged on such things as accuracy of measurement, cleanliness of work and interpretation of the plan.

Organiser Phill Claffey said there were a few curve balls in the plan so the builders had to use their skills to make judgement calls.

The Gisborne-Hawke’s Bay event was a success, with about 25 spectators coming along to watch the builders at work at Tumu ITM — the main sponsor — who supplied materials and prizes, and put on a barbecue.

As well as qualifying for the national final, Jacob, who competed in the challenge last year, won a Makita skill saw for first prize. Oshea received a radio and Dean a drill bit kit for their efforts.

Mico Plumbing Gisborne also helped out with prizes, said Mr Claffey, the owner of Character Building.

Mr Claffey said the apprentices did not quite complete the playhouses but they were being finished and would be donated to early childhood education providers and other community groups.

This is the first time the NZCB Apprentice Challenge has been held in Gisborne.

In progressing to the final, Jacob will compete for the Ken Read Memorial Trophy and a prize package worth over $50,000.

The Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay event was one of 15 held around the country in association with the Industry Training Association Building (ITAB), with support from ITM and the Apprenticeship Scholarship Trust (AST).

Mr Claffey said the apprentice programme to become a certified builder could take up to four years. It meant the builders were trained to a high standard and could then provide a Certified Builders warranty on work completed.

They could also provide a Halo 10-year new home guarantee underwritten by Lloyd’s of London.

“This is automatically lodged for you by your certifed builder for any work over $30,000.”

Five builders showed off their skills at the NZCB Apprentice Challenge in Gisborne on Saturday, with Jacob Cook judged the winner.

Second place went to Oshea Mead-Cardore and Dean Pohatu was third.

They were among 120 apprentice builders who battled it out at 15 events across the country for a spot in the national final in Rotorua next month.

The builders had a day to complete a 1.5-metre-high children’s castle playhouse, featuring a turret and working drawbridge. Their work was judged on such things as accuracy of measurement, cleanliness of work and interpretation of the plan.

Organiser Phill Claffey said there were a few curve balls in the plan so the builders had to use their skills to make judgement calls.

The Gisborne-Hawke’s Bay event was a success, with about 25 spectators coming along to watch the builders at work at Tumu ITM — the main sponsor — who supplied materials and prizes, and put on a barbecue.

As well as qualifying for the national final, Jacob, who competed in the challenge last year, won a Makita skill saw for first prize. Oshea received a radio and Dean a drill bit kit for their efforts.

Mico Plumbing Gisborne also helped out with prizes, said Mr Claffey, the owner of Character Building.

Mr Claffey said the apprentices did not quite complete the playhouses but they were being finished and would be donated to early childhood education providers and other community groups.

This is the first time the NZCB Apprentice Challenge has been held in Gisborne.

In progressing to the final, Jacob will compete for the Ken Read Memorial Trophy and a prize package worth over $50,000.

The Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay event was one of 15 held around the country in association with the Industry Training Association Building (ITAB), with support from ITM and the Apprenticeship Scholarship Trust (AST).

Mr Claffey said the apprentice programme to become a certified builder could take up to four years. It meant the builders were trained to a high standard and could then provide a Certified Builders warranty on work completed.

They could also provide a Halo 10-year new home guarantee underwritten by Lloyd’s of London.

“This is automatically lodged for you by your certifed builder for any work over $30,000.”

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