Top spots for local building apprentices

Ben McKee of Faulkner Construction was second in the Auckland Registered Master Builders Apprenticeship of the Year.

The Auckland Registered Master Builders Apprentice of the Year, in Partnership with Carters awards were announced recently and two local apprentices from a local builder Faulkner Construction placed in the top three.

Ben McKee came second. McKee first went to Faulkner Construction as a Gateway Student from Macleans College. Impressed with him, Faulkner Construction offered him an apprenticeship. In just under four years, McKee is about to complete his apprenticeship.
Joshua Smith, also from Faulkner Construction, came third.

Joshua Smith, who also works for local builder Faulkner Construction, took third place.

Faulkner Construction office manager Andrea Martin said the competition is a fantastic platform to showcase an apprentice’s skillset, it builds confidence, is highly competitive and podium placers can win a great cache of tools and educational opportunities.
“These are fantastic and well-deserved placings from local boys,” she said.

“At the Auckland regional competition, the apprentices were judged on a two-hour practical challenge and their initial entry project submission. The top 10 point scorers are then visited on site to see what their work is like and hear what their employers have to say about them.

“It is a huge achievement to see a building company have two apprentices come in the top three in the same year.”