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About Apprentice of the Year

What is the Apprentice of the Year?

The Registered Master Builders Apprentice of the Year, in association with CARTERS, aims to recognise excellence among carpentry apprentices and raise awareness of career opportunities in the building and construction industry. It’s a competition that looks to test several aspects of a well-rounded apprentice, not just your skills on the tools.

What’s in it for you?

Apart from the fantastic prizes (see below), previous Apprentice of the Year entrants have said they got the following out of entering:

  • A chance to compare themselves against other apprentices to see how they measure up
  • Recognition of their skills, which is valuable for future employment opportunities
  • A head start on business skills, through preparing the entry form, being interviewed and undertaking a site visit
  • Builds confidence in themselves and their skills.
“I wanted the opportunity to get an idea of where I was at compared to my peers. Also, I knew that entering the competition would only make me a better apprentice by putting me to the test and making me work and study harder.” – 2017 Apprentice of the Year Vincent Hubbard

The Prizes


Regional winners are in to win a great prize pack, all thanks to our sponsors.

The winner from each region will receive:

  • A place at a specially designed Outward Bound course (plus travel costs).
  • The honour of representing your region at the national competition in Auckland on 8 & 9 November 2018 – with travel and accommodation for you and up to three guests. Your employer also receives one free ticket to the awards, and one nights accomodation inc breafkast.
  • Attendance at the Registered Master Builders House of the Year, National Awards Gala Dinner in Auckland 24th Novembe 2018. Includes travel and accommodation.
  • High quality trade products and tools from a range of CARTERS' top suppliers
  • $2000 to spend at CARTERS
  • Trophy and certificate for you and your employer.

Second place getter will win a prize pack including high quality trade products and tools from a range of CARTERS' top suppliers. 

Third place getter will win a prize pack including high quality trade products and tools from a range of CARTERS' top suppliers. 

All entrants receive an apprenticeship membership to the Registered Master Builders Association.


The national winner of Apprentice of the Year competition will receive:

  • Use of a brand new XLT Ford Ranger for one year, proudly provided by principal sponsor CARTERS
  • CARTERS Business Tools Grant – a $5,000 grant towards furthering your career, e.g. courses, laptop, or travel to industry conferences or expos.
  • An Apple iPad worth $1000 and access to the full set of regulatory compliance documents from Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
  • Travel, accomodation and tickets to attend the Registered Master Builders House of the Year national awards gala dinner Sat 25 November 2018 in Auckland.

  • Your boss will win an employer award of an Apple iPad care of Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
  • Your boss will also receve, care of House of Travel Lakers- a $300 travel voucher.

Second and third place getters will win an Apple iPad and access to the full set of regulatory compliance documents from MBIE, and high quality tools from one of CARTERS’ top suppliers.

** All prizes must be redeemed by 31 December 2019, and are not transferable or able to be redeemed for a cash equivalent. Participation in the Outward Bound course is not compulsory, although the course is not redeemable or transferable for a cash equivalent. 

 Apprentice of the Year winners at Outward Bound 2017

Important Dates

Important Dates 

  • Entries open 1 April 2019 - 20 May
  • Regional Practical Saturday 22 June
  • July and August – Regional Judging and Interviews
  • August and September – Regional Awards Events (see dates below)

    National Judging and Awards in Auckland in 7-8 November 2019 (comprising the practical building challenge & interviews).
  • National Final - Practical Build Challenge (open to the public 9.30-1pm) ASB showgrounds, Hall 2 at Auckland Build.
  • National Awards Gala Friday 8th November 2019 6.30pm ASB Showgrounds (ticket only)
  • Heads up meetings – details of the info sessions around NZ in April & May where you can find out more about the competition [coming soon for 2019]

Regional Awards Events 2019
(these dates are subject to change, please check closer to the time for confirmation).

  • Auckland and Northern - Thursday 22 August
  • Waikato - Friday 6 September
  • Bay of Plenty Central Plateau - Friday 23 August
  • Central North Island - Friday 13 September
  • Hawke's Bay East Coast - Friday30 August
  • Lower North Island -  Friday 30 August* TBC
  • Upper South Island - Friday 16 August* TBC
  • Central South Island - Thursday 22 August
  • Southern - Friday 30 August

    To view 2019 venue and RSVP information click here for details once live

For more information contact:

Registered Master Builders
Contact us: 0800 762 328



Owned By Registered Master Builders
Principal Sponsor Carters
Event Partner BCITO
Sponsor Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment