Cody Webby was “breathtaken” when he was named the Auckland Registered Master Builders Carters 2014 Apprentice of the Year.
The Pakuranga-based apprentice, employed by Licensed Renovations in St Lukes, was blown away when he won the regional award, and is looking forward to competing again this year in hopes of bringing home a national title.
“When I first heard about Apprentice of the Year I thought it would be a great way to get my name out there and get exposure in the building trade,” he says.
“I want to try and make the most of every opportunity that I can.”
The judges thought Cody was a “deserving winner” last year, amongst the other very competent apprentices.
“He was well supported by his employers who spoke in glowing terms of ability, attitude and ability to work with other team members,” they said. “Cody has a good understanding of building techniques, codes and the regulatory environment. He had a well put together entry submission, and his site visit continued the strong showing he had at the interview stage.”
While the practical component is often the most challenging part for contestants, Cody found he was strongest here.
“I knew the pressure was getting to a lot of people, but I just took a deep breath and relaxed. I didn’t want to be susceptible to the pressure, and I thought that’s just one thing that I wouldn’t let myself do.”
Having competed last year, Cody feels more than ready to give it his all in the upcoming competition.
“I know what I’m in for this time. I have a lot of support for the other trainees and my bosses. I want to bring the trophy home to Auckland, but also want to get a good name to set myself up for the future,” he says.
“I would definitely recommend Apprentice of the Year to anyone eligible. It is an awesome way to get your name out there in the building trade. It’s a priceless experience, with everything to gain and nothing to lose.”
He is looking forward to furthering his career in the hopes of one day entering a project in the Registered Master Builders House of the Year.
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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 Training Organisation (BCITO), and supporting sponsor the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).