Wanaka apprentice to represent Central Otago

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Building champ Central Otago’s top apprentice Zac Thomas Shields, of Wanaka, shakes hands with 2017 regional winner Mark Templeton while last year’s winner Peter Burgess looks on.PHOTO: SUPPLIED Zac Thomas Shields, of Wanaka, is Central Otago’s top apprentice after winning the New Zealand Certified Builders (NZCB) Apprentice Challenge last weekend.

Competing against a large number of entries, including a record number of female entrants, his task was to create a park seat from detailed construction plans.

He will now move forward to represent Central Otago at the national final to be held in Christchurch in June, competing against 19 other regional winners for the Ken Read Memorial Trophy and $50,000 in prizes.

NZCB chief executive Grant Florence said he was impressed by the skill, talent and passion the carpentry apprentices demonstrated – a testament to their dedication, employer support, and the comprehensive training provided by the ITAB (Industry Training Association Building) scheme.

“The future of New Zealand’s building industry is dependent on a robust pipeline of top-quality apprentices.”