After winning the Nelson Regional NZ Carpentry Apprenticeship challenge, NMIT carpentry student Josh Gardiner is set to compete at the national competition.
Gardiner has completed his NMIT Pre-Trade qualification and is currently in his forth and final year of the NMIT National Certificate in Carpentry.
"To enter this is an achievement in itself", says NMIT construction tutor Steve McIntyre. "Having the confidence to put yourself forward and compete against other guys is a real credit and shows they have confidence in their ability".
To prepare for the challenge, apprentices work on site throughout the year experiencing a wide range of building tasks, honing and perfecting their skills. They are sent the plans for the challenge one week in advance and then most sit down with their employer and talk about how best to achieve their goal.
"In terms of their building apprenticeship, it is 'life changing', says McIntyre. "It's an incredible experience - a chance to hang out and play with the big boys".
Gardiner recently featured in the article Apprentice builds on challenge win(external link) - The Nelson Mail.