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Competition between building apprentices went down to the wire at the weekend.

The Central Otago round of the New Zealand Certified Builders (NZCB) Apprentice Challenge took place at ITM Southern Lakes on Saturday.

Four competitors from Queenstown and Wanaka put their carpentry skills under pressure claiming the top spot, and the chance to represent the region in the national NZCB Apprentice Challenge in Hamilton later this year.

The daylong challenge was one of 20 happening simultaneously throughout the country.

Apprentices built a park bench attention to detail and practical skills as well as time management.

NZCB Central Otago president Andy McRae said the challenge was an important opportunity for apprentices to extend their skills.

“We need to foster our apprentices really believe that apprentices are the future,” he said.

“It’s important to nourish them and give them chances to sort of push themselves, you know to stick their heads above the parapet and give it a chance.”

The competition came down to the wire, the judges having to double-check their numeracy skills to determine the winner.

Winning form . Third year apprentice Ty Sarginson won the Central Otago round of the New Zealand Certified Builders (NZCB) Apprentice Challenge. PHOTO: SHANNON THOMSON

After extended deliberation, Ty Sarginson of Wanaka beat Daniel Cronshaw Hunt.

“We had some stiff competition actually had to have a bit of a recount amongst the judges to make sure our maths was right so they all did very well,” Mr McRae said.

Mr Sarginson, a third year apprentice with Mark Duffy Building, said he was “pretty excited” to take out the win and planned to celebrate with a few beers.