Matt Booth of Excel Builders was thrilled when he was awarded second place at the Registered Master Builders 2015 Apprentice of the Year competition.
The 24-year-old from Palmerston North said it was a tough competition, and the practical component was particularly challenging when it came to time management.
“Just like every job on the building site, you have to manage your time wisely, and shut out all distractions. The playhouse I was working on was being donated to a Samoan preschool, and all the kids were cheering me on, Matt says.
“It was awesome to have them there but I had to really focus and get in the zone!”
Matt found out about the competition through his supervisor at the BCITO, and thought it looked like a good opportunity.
“Apprentice of the Year has been a fantastic experience. It was awesome to meet so many like-minded apprentices at the regional and national events. The competition is a great way to make connections in the industry, and really get your name out there.
“I’d encourage anyone to get into an apprenticeship after school. With a trade, you earn while you learn. I’ve got mates that have come out of university with degrees and massive loans whereas, I’ve got a loan, but on a house.”
Matt is looking forward to starting an architectural drafting course, and one day owning a design and build company. He’s excited to be a future Master Builder in the growing industry.
“Being part of an association like Registered Master Builders is invaluable. It gives you the insurance and also backs the client.
“When you’re a Master Builder, you’ve got all the contracts behind you, along with the guarantee systems. It’s a really good network to be part of.
“We’re currently working on a house that we’d love to enter in House of the Year next year — so fingers crossed!”
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