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Waikato’s top carpentry apprentice wins national award

3 NOVEMBER 2017 MEDIA RELEASE 

 
Vincent Hubbard from Hamilton has been named the country’s top carpentry apprentice, taking out the title of Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2017 Apprentice of the Year at this year’s national competition.
 
Earlier today, the ten national finalists took to their tools for a six-hour practical challenge where they were tasked with building ‘puppy palaces’ which will be donated to the SPCA. Vincent’s puppy palace impressed the judges enough to take out the top prize, and was crowned the 2017 Apprentice of the Year. Read more...
 

 

TV coverage: 

4 November 2017 TV1

Right now there's around 11,000 apprentices in training - the majority carpenters.
But Master Builders say that number needs to double. A group of young builders today vying for apprentice of the year, already know their future is assured. Read more...
 
TV COveraGE: More employers encouraged to take on apprentices

4 November 2017 Maori TV 

Carpentry apprentices are on the rise, but there's concern for a lack of work once they've completed their training. Registered Master Builder CE David Kelly hopes the NZ's Apprentice of the Year competition will encouraging more employers to take them on.

 

Olivia Ward and Atigiapa Merick took out their respective regional competitions to make the national final. To win the national competition, a judging panel interviewed the 10 competitors and set a six-hour practical challenge... read more

 
Employers call on government to help with apprentice training

4 November 2017 Newshub

The organisation responsible for training apprentices, BCITO, has a plan to reduce the gap between the numbers training and the jobs available. They've been calling on the Government to help subsidise the wages of apprentices to tackle the huge shortage of experienced workers. read more...
 
 

Apprentice competing for top spot

31 October 2017 Hawkes Bay Today

A Napier carpenter has his sights set on taking home the national title at this year's Registered Master Builders Carters 2017 Apprentice of the Year. Jack Clifford will be among 10 young carpenters competing for the top award in Auckland later this week.
 

Top Carpentry Apprentices Go Head to Head at Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2017 Apprentice of the Year

30 October 2017 media Release 

New Zealand’s top carpentry apprentices are getting ready to battle it out for the title of Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2017 Apprentice of the Year on Friday 3 November.
 
 

Who will be the Registered master builders CARTERS Apprentice of the year? 

October 2017 Building Today

The future leaders of New Zealand’s construction industry are preparing for a showdown at the Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2017 Apprentice of the Year competition in November. 
 
Each finalist has already demonstrated their high level of knowledge and professional skills on the tools in their respective regional competitions, which earned them the title of regional Apprentice of the Year and a place at the national competition.

Get to know each of our finalists here. Read more...
 

Hutt chippy named lower north island's top carpentry APPRENTICE

13 September 2017 Stuff.co.nz

A Lower Hutt chippy nailed the judges  with his "confident attitude and in-depth knowledge" to be named the lower North Island Registered Master Builders Carters 2017 Apprentice of the Year. Jamie Gaskin said he was "pretty surprised" when his name was called out...  Read more...
 
 

Young hawkes bay builder on his way to national competition

27 August 2017 NZ Herald 

A young builder's knack with technology has resulted in him being recognised as the local Apprentice of the Year. Born and raised in Napier, Jack Clifford 22, won the top award...   Read more...
 
 

Building apprentice snaps up second place in contest

18 August 2017 New Zealand Herald

Whanganui carpentry apprentice Jack Aplin has won second place in the regional final of the Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2017 Apprentice of the Year competition...   Read more...
 
 

Palmerston North CARPENTRY APPRENTICE overwhelmed by Central north island win

9 September 2017 Stuff.co.nz

...Central North Island Registered Master Builders 2017 Apprentice of the Year Atigiapa "Tingi" Meyrick with proud bosses, Cameron Isles and ...  Read more...
 
 

Warworth's seth named apprentice of the year

3 September 2017 Stuff.co.nz

...Carpentry apprentice Seth Foote has been named the Northern Registered Master Builders Carters 2017 Apprentice of the Year..   Read more...
 
 

QUEENSTOWN MAN NAMED TOP SOUTHERN APPRENTICE

8/9/2017 Otago Daily Times

...carpentry apprentice Josh Atkins (25) was last night named the Southern Registered Master Builders Carters 2017 Apprentice of the Year.
 

 

southern REGION'S TOP CARPENTRY APPRENTICE ANNOUNCED

9 September 2017

Carpentry apprentice Josh Atkins has been named the Southern Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2017 Apprentice of the Year.
 
The 25-year-old from Queenstown trained through the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) and is employed by Bayshore Builders. 
 
Judges were impressed with Josh’s in-depth and detailed knowledge of the building industry.   Read more...

upper south ISLAND REGION'S TOP CARPENTRY APPRENTICE ANNOUNCED

9 September 2017

Carpentry apprentice Olivia Ward has been named the Upper South Island Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2017 Apprentice of the Year.
 
The 22-year-old from Seddon trained through the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) and is employed by Hunt Construction. 
 
Judges said Olivia demonstrated the passion, skills and knowledge that clearly put her at the top of this competition. . Read more...
 

LOWEr north island REGION'S TOP CARPENTRY APPRENTICE ANNOUNCED

4 September 2017

Carpentry apprentice Jamie Gaskin has been named the Lower North Island Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2017 Apprentice of the Year.
The 22-year-old from Lower Hutt trained through the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) and is employed by Black Sheep Construction. Read more...
 

bay of plenty central plateau REGION'S TOP CARPENTRY APPRENTICE ANNOUNCED

25 August 2017

Carpentry apprentice Matthew Abbott has been named the Bay of Plenty Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2017 Apprentice of the Year.
 
The 22-year-old from Tauranga trained through the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) and is employed by Calley Homes.
 
Matthew impressed the judges with the skills he had learned from his apprenticeship. The judging process involved a written project submission followed by an interview with a regional judging panel for the top ten apprentices in each region. Judges then visit the apprentices on site to discuss their project and the personal contribution made to it. Read more...
 
 

Northern REGION'S TOP CARPENTRY APPRENTICE ANNOUNCED

25 August 2017

Carpentry apprentice Seth Foote has been named the Northern Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2017 Apprentice of the Year.
 
The 26-year-old from Warkworth trained through the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) and is employed by Brackenridge Builders.
 
Seth impressed the judges with the skills he had learned from his apprenticeship. The judging process involved a written project submission followed by an interview with a regional judging panel for the top ten apprentices in each region. Judges then visit the apprentices on site to discuss their project and the personal contribution made to it. Read more...
 

AUckland REGION'S TOP CARPENTRY APPRENTICE ANNOUNCED

25 August 2017

Carpentry apprentice Logan Alderson has been named the Auckland Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2017 Apprentice of the Year.
 
The 20-year-old from Manurewa trained through the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) and is employed by CS Building.
 
Logan impressed the judges with the skills he had learned from his apprenticeship. The judging process involved a written project submission followed by an interview with a regional judging panel for the top ten apprentices in each region. Judges then visit the apprentices on site to discuss their project and the personal contribution made to it. Read more

Hawkes Bay East Coast REGION'S TOP CARPENTRY APPRENTICE ANNOUNCED

25 August 2017

Carpentry apprentice Jack Clifford has been named the Hawke’s Bay East Coast Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2017 Apprentice of the Year.
 
The 24-year-old from Napier trained through the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) and is employed by Christie Builders and Joiners.
 
Jack impressed the judges with the skills he had learned from his apprenticeship. The judging process involved a written project submission followed by an interview with a regional judging panel for the top ten apprentices in each region. Judges then visit the apprentices on site to discuss their project and the personal contribution made to it. Read more...
 

Waikato REGION'S TOP CARPENTRY APPRENTICE ANNOUNCED

25 August 2017

Carpentry apprentice Vincent Hubbard has been named the Waikato Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2017 Apprentice of the Year.
 
The 24-year-old from Hamilton trained through the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) and is employed by Urban Homes.
 
Vincent impressed the judges with the skills he had learned from his apprenticeship. The judging process involved a written project submission followed by an interview with a regional judging panel for the top ten apprentices in each region. Judges then visit the apprentices on site to discuss their project and the personal contribution made to it. Read more

CENTRAL SOUTH ISLAND REGION'S TOP CARPENTRY APPRENTICE ANNOUNCED

24 August 2017

Carpentry apprentice Samuel Faid has been named the Central South Island Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2017 Apprentice of the Year. The 20-year-old from Christchurch trained through the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) and is employed by Jina Andrews Construction Limited. Sam impressed the judges with the skills he had learned from his apprenticeship. The judging process involved a written project submission followed by an interview with a regional judging panel for the top ten apprentices in each region. Judges then visit the apprentices on site to discuss their project and the personal contribution made to it. Read more

central north island region's top carpentry apprentice announced

19 August 2017
Carpentry apprentice Atigiapa Meyrick has been named the Central North Island Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2017 Apprentice of the Year.
 
The 23-year-old from Palmerston North trained through the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) and is employed by Isles Construction Limited. 
 

Judges said that Atigiapa’s enthusiasm and preparation played a major role in his win. Read more


Competition building as top tradies step up to the challenge

7 April 2017

Entries for the Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2017 Apprentice of the Year have now closed, with more than 160 apprentices entering from across the country. They will go head to head for the sought-after title and share of more than $100,000 worth of prizes.

New Zealand is currently facing its biggest ever building boom. The Government is investing $14.4 million in industry training over the next four years to help fill the nationwide construction skills shortage so this competition comes at the perfect time to highlight the urgent need for more apprentices. Read more

 

Search is on for NZ’s top carpentry apprentice

10 April 2017

Carpentry apprentices from across New Zealand are being called to show their skills and compete in the Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2017 Apprentice of the Year.

This year’s competition is bound to be one of the toughest yet, as New Zealand’s construction and building boom continues. With one in five new jobs created in the next three years’ forecast to be in construction*, an apprenticeship in the trades offers significant opportunities. Read more


Palmerston North carpentry apprentice wins national award! (Media Release)

4 Nov 2016

Callum Bryson from Palmerston North has been named the country’s top carpentry apprentice,taking out the title of Registered Master Builders Carters 2016 Apprentice of the Year at this year’s national competition.


Tauranga's Ethan Inglis to compete in national apprentice awards

2 Nov

Mr Inglis, 22, who works for Skilled Building Solutions and trained through the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation, won the regional Bay of Plenty/Central Plateau competition to take part in the nation awards.


Wade builds on chosen career with second place at apprentice competition 

31 Oct

Wade Puklowski, 23, was awarded second place at the Registered Master Builders Carters 2016 Apprentice of the Year national competition held in Auckland last week.


Top Carpentry Apprentices go head to head!

 31 Oct

The top carpentry apprentices from across New Zealand will go head to head this Friday 4 November, competing for the title of Registered Master Builders Carters 2016 Apprentice of the Year.


Nelson clean sweep at top of the south apprentice awards

14  Sept

A high level of maturity and industry knowledge has seen Nelson's Wade Puklowski named the upper South Island's apprentice of the year. The 23 year-old carpentry apprentice trained at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) and is employed by Coman Construction.


 Howickian judged one of Auckland's top carpentry apprentices

12  Sept

Howick resident Matt Hendl? stood out in a recent carpentry competition. The 25-year-old placed second in the Auckland Registered Master Builders Carters 2016 Apprentice of the Year contest, after spending four and a half years in the industry.
Kadin Murray, of Pokeno, and Kees van Lieshout, from Pukekohe, won the first and third places respectively.


 Morrinsville man named building apprentice of the year

10  Sept

Carpentry apprentice Ryan Tesselaar has been named the Waikato Registered Master Builders Carters 2016 Apprentice of the Year. 
The 21-year-old from Morrinsville trained through the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) and is employed by Foster Construction.

 


 Waikato region's top carpentry apprentice announced

 10  Sept

Carpentry apprentice Ryan Tesselaar has been named the Waikato Registered Master Builders Carters 2016 Apprentice of the Year. The 21 year-old from Morrinsville trained through the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) and is employed by Foster Construction.


 Upper South Island region’s top carpentry apprentice announced!

10  Sept

Carpentry apprentice Wade Puklowski has been named the Upper South Island Registered Master Builders Carters 2016 Apprentice of the Year.

The 23 year-old from Nelson trained through the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) and is employed by Coman Construction.


Upper Hutt's Andrew Press takes top apprentice builder award

Andrew Press  the top carpentry apprentice in the Wellington and Wairarapa region. Press was named Wellington Wairarapa Registered Master Builders Carters 2016 Apprentice of the Year on September 2.


Bay of Plenty Central Plateau region’s top carpentry apprentice announced!

5 Sept

Carpentry apprentice Ethan Inglis has been named the Bay of Plenty Central Plateau Registered Master Builders Carters 2016 Apprentice of the Year.


 WELLINGTON WAIRARAPA REGION's top carpentry Apprentice announced!

5 Sept

Carpentry apprentice Andrew Press has been named the Wellington Wairarapa Registered Master Builders Carters 2016 Apprentice of the Year. 

The 24-year-old from Upper Hutt trained through the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) and is employed by Hutt City Builders.


Hat trick for Western Bay at apprentice of the year awards

 3 Sept 2016

Three Western Bay of Plenty apprentices took out first, second and third at the top regional carpentry competition.

 

Tauranga apprentice Ethan Inglis was named Bay of Plenty Central Plateau Registered Master Builders Carters 2016 Apprentice of the Year, held last night in Tauranga.


Auckland REGION’S TOP CARPENTRY APPRENTICE ANNOUNCED!

 30 Aug 2016
Carpentry apprentice Kadin Murray has been named the Auckland Registered Master Builders Carters 2016 Apprentice of the Year. 

 

The 20 year-old from Pokeno trained through the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) and is employed by Licensed Renovations

 


Central North Island region’s top carpentry apprentice announced!

29 August

Carpentry apprentice Callum Bryson has been named the Central North Island Registered Master Builders Carters 2016 Apprentice of the Year. The 24 year-old from Palmerston North trained through the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) and is employed by McMillan & Lockwood PN Limited.

 


Northern region’s top carpentry apprentice announced!

19 Aug 2016

Carpentry apprentice Toby Chapman-Smith has been named the Northern Registered Master Builders Carters 2016 Apprentice of the Year. 

The 27 year-old from Auckland’s North Shore trained through the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) and is employed by Court Construction.

Central South Island region’s top carpentry apprentice announced!

25 Aug 2016
Carpentry apprentice Jono Blakely has been named the Central South Island Registered Master Builders Carters 2016 Apprentice of the Year.


Hawke’s Bay East Coast region’s top carpentry apprentice announced! 

19 Aug 2016

Carpentry apprentice Jake Pardoe has been named the Hawke’s Bay East Coast Registered Master Builders Carters 2016 Apprentice of the Year.


Southern region’s top carpentry apprentice announced! 

19 aug 2016

Carpentry apprentice Ben Bringans has been named the Southern Registered Master Builders Carters 2016 Apprentice of the Year.  


Competition builds as aprentices are put to the test

20 June 2016

Entries for the Registered Master Builders Carters 2016 Apprentice of the Year have now closed, with 164 apprentices from around New Zealand set to compete for the sought-after title and share of more than $100,000 worth of prizes


Breakfast tv's sean hogan visits wellington builder and apprentices to check out their skills

9 June 2016

Check out Breakfast's Sean Hogan who visits Wellington builder Martin Goulden and his apprentices to give some carpentry a go. RMB Carters Apprentice of the Year entries close today - but Sean won't be entering!


A boost of confidence for award winner

10 May 2016

Troy Matheson of Redmond Builders was overjoyed when he was awarded first place at the Hawke’s Bay East Coast Registered Master Builders 2015 Apprentice of the Year competition. The 23 year old from Napier said his confidence has grown significantly since winning the award. 


competition boosts skills of apprentices

21 April 2016


Last year's regional winner of the Registered Master Builders Carters Apprentice of the Year is encouraging others to step forward.


 search begins for NZ's top carpentry apprentice

4th April 2016

Carpentry apprentices from around the country are being called to show off their talent and passion for the trades by competing in the Registered Master Builders Carters 2016 Apprentice of the Year.


nelson carpentry apprentice wins national award

9 October 2015

Shaun Campbell, from the Upper South Island region, has been named the country’s top carpentry apprentice, taking out the national award at the Registered Master Builders Carters 2015 Apprentice of the Year competition.

 


 

Important Dates

Important Dates 

  • Enrtries for 2018 will open in April.
  • Entries for 2018 will close in June tbc.
  • July and August – Regional Judging and Interviews
  • August and September – Regional Awards Events
  • National Judging and Awards in Auckland in November 2018 tbc (practical building challenge & interviews).
  • Heads up meetings – tbc

Regional Awards Events 2017:

  • Northern & Auckland - Fri 25 Aug
  • Waikato & Bay of Plenty Central Plateau - Fri 25 Aug 
  • Hawke's Bay / East Coast - Fri 25 Aug
  • Central North Island - Fri 18 Aug
  • Lower North -  Fri 1 Sept
  • Upper South Island - Fri 8 Sept
  • Central South Island - Thur 24 Aug
  • Southern - Fri 8 Sept

    To view venue and RSVP information click here for details

For more information contact:

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BAY OF PLENTY CENTRAL PLATEAU REGION'S TOP CARPENTRY APPRENTICE ANNOUNCED

25 August 2017

Carpentry apprentice Matthew Abbott has been named the Bay of Plenty Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2017 Apprentice of the Year.
 

LOWER NORTH ISLAND REGION'S TOP CARPENTRY APPRENTICE ANNOUNCED

4 September 2017

Carpentry apprentice Jamie Gaskin has been named the Lower North Island Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2017 Apprentice of the Year.
The 22-year-old from Lower Hutt trained through the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) and is employed by Black Sheep Construction. Read more...
 

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BUILDING APPRENTICE SNAPS UP SECOND PLACE IN CONTEST

18 August 2017 New Zealand Herald

Whanganui carpentry apprentice Jack Aplin has won second place in the regional final of the Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2017 Apprentice of the Year competition...   Read more...
 

YOUNG HAWKES BAY BUILDER ON HIS WAY TO NATIONAL COMPETITION

27 August 2017 NZ Herald 

A young builder's knack with technology has resulted in him being recognised as the loc
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