Concrete Construction Worker Selected as Apprentice of the Year

Maxwell Sercombe of HEB Construction has been awarded the Concrete Industry Apprentice of the Year 2021 award by Concrete NZ and BCITO, a business unit of Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning Ltd.

The pandemic has had a huge impact on the construction sector and the hospitality industry, leading to multiple postponements of the Concrete NZ conference, at which the concrete industry apprentice of the year is traditionally recognized .

As such, Maxwell was joined by his colleagues at HEB Construction and his extended family, as well as the Concrete NZ and BCITO teams at a recent ceremony in Wellington dedicated to celebrating his achievements.

Congratulating Maxwell, Concrete NZ Managing Director Rob Gaimster noted that the quality of attendees was exceptional and included apprentices from precast fabrication, concrete placing and finishing, production concrete and concrete construction, which makes the judging process more difficult than is normally the case.

“Maxwell’s maturity and focus helped lift him above the rest of the attendees, and he deserves applause for his enthusiasm, dedication and thirst for knowledge,” says Rob.

“He has demonstrated tremendous professional growth over the past few years which, combined with his outstanding personal qualities, makes Maxwell a worthy recipient of the award.”

BCITO Director Jason Hungerford expressed similar sentiments in praising the tough mahi and Maxwell’s accomplishments to date, also noting that the function was an opportunity to celebrate with the people who have supported him on his learning journey. .

“Working with industry associations, apprenticeship grants are awarded annually across all BCITO trades,” says Jason.

“For me, these awards are the culmination of everything we do at BCITO – train, learn and reward excellence, and they reflect what we want everyone in training in the construction industry to aspire to! Well done, Maxwell.

Raymond Puhara, structural training manager at HEB Construction, praised Maxwell for his achievement, noting that it was evident from the start that he was a go-getter, punctual and reliable.

“Max gives his all in everything he does and is without a doubt one of our future leaders. said Raymond.

Maxwell recently moved from being involved with HEB Construction in completing the Transmission Gully to the Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū Tararua Highway project between Ashhurst and Woodville.

The Concrete Industry Apprentice of the Year award has grown since its inception in 2016 and is an important tool to celebrate apprentice success, the importance of vocational training and the value of employer and family support.

“Over the past few years, the number of people registering for BCITO qualifications has increased significantly, reaching 20,000 in 2021,” notes Rob.

“In this growing environment of vocational training, the Concrete Industry Apprentice of the Year award highlights the fantastic opportunities available in the concrete industry for those considering a career in construction. “

The award was open to anyone who was registered or had recently completed one of BCITO’s hands-on learnings.

The Concrete Industry Apprentice of the Year award was made possible by major sponsors Concrete NZ and BCITO.

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Alice F. Ponder