Top apprentice follows in his father’s footsteps


Shaun Campbell, of Inhaus Developments, was thrilled when his name was read out as the Registered Master Builders Carters 2015 Apprentice of the Year.

Shaun says it was his parents who encouraged him to enter the competition, and he has not looked back.

“The old man, who is also my employer, does a lot with Registered Master Builders, and always takes part in House of the Year. I thought that entering Apprentice of the Year would be a good way to play my part and prove myself in the industry.”

The 20-year-old from Nelson said the competition was challenging but rewarding.

“I was pretty shy through the regional judging, but by the time we got underway at the national competition I felt a lot more confident,” he says.

“The practical challenge at the national competition was pretty full on — a lot was going through my head, and I was the youngest one there which made me nervous. It was a great feeling once I was finished!”

The Apprentice of the Year judges said Shaun’s passion for building really set him apart from the rest of the contestants.

“We were impressed by Shaun’s ability to convert his passion into quality work, and deliver in a commercial time frame. He is a strong all-rounder who scored excellent marks across all stages of the competition,” they said.

“His work in the practical challenge was of particular note, scoring very highly across all aspects.”

While Shaun entered Apprentice of the Year to make his mark in the industry, he is also playing a role in the Registered Master Builders 2015 House of the Year competition where Inhaus Developments was a Gold Reserve finalist.

“I took a leading role in building a great little bach in Little Kaiteriteri. While Russell oversaw the project, it was up to me and my apprentice to execute the build,” he says.

Shaun is looking forward to one day taking over his father’s company, ensuring they continue to deliver builds of a high quality.

“We have a lot of pride in our work, and love turning out really top quality homes. Our clients become good friends and that makes it really enjoyable — I want to keep it that way.”

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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 Industry Training Organisation (BCITO), and supporting sponsors the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), and APL through its Altherm, First and Vantage brands.