The competition judges say winner James Poore, employed by Harbour Construction/Kalmar Construction Ltd in Takapuna, and trained through the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO), is the stand-out winner.
“James has absolutely nailed this competition and is well deserving of the national Apprentice of the Year title. He stood out from the beginning with a comprehensive knowledge of his project submission, and his understanding of the processes was unrivalled.
“He is organised and methodical in his practical work, and he was confident and easy to talk to throughout the interview,” judges said.
“James has some great mentors on site who have provided him with structure around his learning. He is a capable, well-balanced person who has excelled in all areas. He is a true all-rounder.”
The nine finalists were put through their paces over the two days of the competition, each undergoing a 45-minute interview with the national judging panel on October 25, followed by a half-day practical judging component on October 26 at the Carters Frame and Truss plant in Lower Hutt.