2014 Apprenticeship Contest

Skills on Display!

Apprenticeship Competition Illustrates Why Interior Systems and General Carpentry Manpower from the Central South Regional Council is the Industry’s Best

There were spectators, food and drink, invited guests and even an awards ceremony, but for the event’s participants, the atmosphere was anything but festive. Five interior systems and five general carpentry apprentices, representing Texas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia and Oklahoma, were focused intently on their projects and worked diligently to earn a victory in the United Brotherhood of Carpenters’ Southern District Apprenticeship Contest.

The annual event was held this year at the Austin Training Center on November 14 and 15. Contestants spent the first day working a written test. The second day was all hands-on work at individual stations, where competitors were tasked with a project that required expert combinations of various carpentry skills. Participants did not disappoint those who came to see elite carpenter skills in action, especially if observers were watching the Central South Carpenters Regional Council apprentices. Central South apprentices swept the competition by winning the interior systems and general carpentry divisions!

Will McFarlin of Local 429 in Arlington won for general carpentry, while Nathan Watt of Local 1266 in Austin won the interior systems competition. Eddie Addison, another Central South member from Local 1846 in New Orleans, took third place in general carpentry, and Daquari Davis of Tulsa Local 943 placed fifth in the interior systems division.

"The level of skills that these young men displayed was at a superior productivity and skill level. But that is the standard we demand of our veteran members, so these apprentices are in a great place to help solve the labor shortage in this region now and for years to come," said Jason Engels, executive secretary-treasurer of the Central South Carpenters Regional Council (CSCRC).