Belfast man named Canterbury’s top apprentice

BUILDERS: (Back row L-R) Sam Scoon, Andrew Hayman, Liam Ridgeway Meharry, Mike Veasey. (Front row L-R) Jaden Janssen, Todd Boyce, Josh Doherty.

A Belfast building apprentice has added another notch to his tool belt after winning at the New Zealand Certified Builders Apprentice Challenge last week.

Seven apprentices, including Sam Scoon, from across the region donned their tool belts and safety gear for the test to build and outdoor table and bench seating.

The 20-year-old worked under a fixed timeframe and the final product was judged on workmanship, skill and time management.

The challenge tested each apprentices’ attention to detail with carpentry joints not typically included in an outdoor furniture set.

Mr Scoon took home a Makita drill and driver combination kit and a $300 ITM gift voucher.

He will represent Canterbury in the NZCB Apprentice Challenge final at the annual NZCB conference in Auckland at the end of May.