Each finalist was assessed on a written entry submission, a practical exercise at MIT and face-to-face interviews with the judges.
The SCNZ Apprentice of the Year Award celebrates people whose skills, drive and willingness to learn and work hard has helped them to achieve outstanding outcomes. It recognises well-rounded apprentices who demonstrate not only talent in steel fabrication, but display traits important to the industry – commitment, innovation and ability.
The judges said that both Simon and Bronson were of the highest calibre and demonstrated excellent attitude and aptitude that should make our industry, their companies and their families proud. It says a lot that they helped each other out during the practical exercise. The judges found it very difficult to choose between the two finalists and both should be congratulated on their efforts.
Watch out for SCNZ’s call for entries for the 2018 Apprentice of the Year.
Simon Jackson from MJH Engineering was named SCNZ Apprentice of the Year. The award, sponsored by Weldwell, was presented at the Metals Industry Awards Gala dinner in front of over 220 guests.
The runner up was Bronson Pine from John Jones Steel.
(From left: Apprentice of the Year runner up, Bronson Pine with award sponsor Glen Meyrick (Weldwell), SCNZ chairman Bob Hawley and Apprentice of the Year 2017 winner, Simon Jackson.)