Three scholarships have recently been awarded by the Waikato branch of the Registered Master Builders Association to Taylor Scott, Fraser Scatchard and Thomas Rea.
Taylor, employed by Urban Homes Built with Integrity, Fraser, employed by Gudsell Designer Homes, and Thomas, employed by SR Morgan Builders, each receive a $1500 plus GST grant split over the next three years. This can be spent in a number of ways, but most recipients spend it on tools or training fees.
Taylor is an incredible young man. He has not only taken on a building apprenticeship, but he is also vice patrol captain for the Raglan Surf Club, and a Hamilton Christian School in-line hockey coach.
Thomas is a New Zealand representative in kick boxing and has won several world titles. He is seeking sponsorship totalling $6000 to attend the world kick boxing champs in Italy.
The scholarship awards are unique to Waikato, and were started by the then Waikato Registered Master Builders Association in 2008.
The Association had recognised that the construction industry was hitting a low at the time, but wanted to assist its members in some small way by financially supporting the training of apprentices so that members were ready when the industry climbed out of the recession.
The first ever recipient, Ben Latham, also went on to take out second place in the Apprentice of the Year competition in 2012, and also won the Ian Gillett Memorial Cup in the same year.
The Waikato branch of the Registered Master Builders Association calls for applications from apprentices employed by Waikato members. Applicants are then interviewed by the Waikato branch executive committee who then award the scholarships.