Sam Scoon is realising his dream and helping others to create their own. A qualified builder who completed his pre-trade with Ara Institute, Sam completed an apprenticeship post-education and is now specialising in new builds and renovations.
When he won the Colin Russell Award after being nominated by his tutor, it came as a wonderful surprise. “I used the grant money to buy myself tools. I love what I do and to get to see the final product after all your work is great. You can see what you achieved and see a smile on the owner’s face.”
The Colin Russell Award is given in recognition of Colin, who has a 50 year association with Ara Institute and is the former Patron and original Settlor of the Foundation. Sam continues to excel in his career having won New Zealand Certified Apprentice of the Year two years in a row.
Sam Scoon is this year’s winner of Ara Foundation’s Colin Russell Award for Excellence in Trades.
The award, which comes with a $500 grant, recognises outstanding commitment and success within the trades industry.