The Registered Master Builders Apprentice of the Year, in partnership with CARTERS, is the leading apprentice competition for the building and construction sector. The competition recognises excellence among carpentry apprentices and raises awareness of career opportunities in the building and construction industry.
It also celebrates you, as employers, for investing in apprentices and giving back to the industry. It showcases the benefits to your business of mentoring the sector’s future leaders.
Registered Master Builders have listened to your feedback, and in 2018 we have introduced an award for employers who have had an apprentice win three regional titles, and a practical component at the regional competitions.
“Apprentice of the Year is a great opportunity for not only apprentices but for the businesses that they work for. Apprentices are representative of the company and what they stand for, and we encourage other employers to get their apprentices involved.” – Johnny Calley, employer of 2017 Apprentice of the Year finalist Matt Abbott
Apprentice of the Year is a great opportunity to recognise the industry’s most talented apprentices and celebrate you, their employers, who are supporting and growing New Zealand’s construction industry.
The benefits of entering your apprentice into the competition include:
- An award for employers who have had an apprentice win three regional titles
- Business exposure through RMBA’s marketing and communications
- Recognition with current leaders in the industry for supporting and encouraging the sector’s future leaders
- Regarded as a great employer and leader in your industry
If your apprentice wins their region you would receive a free ticket to the national awards in Auckland and one nights accomodation inc breakfast.
Hear from the employers of 3 Apprentice of the Year regional winners in 2018 about what they feel the benefits of the competition were to them, their business and their apprentice.
If your apprentice wins the national final you would receive an employer award of an Apple iPad care of Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and a $300 travel voucher care of House of Travel Lakers.
“It’s great for me as an employer to have an apprentice in the competition. There is a huge amount of publicity around the competition which is great for our company’s recognition.” – Neil Hunt, employer of 2017 Apprentice of the Year finalist Olivia Ward.
Pieter Oosterbaan – Beacon Construction. Employer of 2020 Apprentice of the Year Thomas O'Brien.
“Thomas is a keen and dedicated member of our team and shows real promise. His attitude is his greatest asset.
His calm nature helps him accept failure as well as success. None of us do everything right every time - but striving to do the best you can and learning from mistakes is how we all succeed.
Thomas is always able to maximise what he has learnt and uses this to carry him through any challenge. I saw all of this as something that would make him a great candidate for the Apprentice of the Year competition."
Bill Hamilton – W Hamilton Building Ltd. Employer of 2019 Apprentice of the Year finalist Ryan Duffy.
“Ryan very quickly put his hand up to enter the competition. He has a natural ability to rise to a challenge and show a high level of intelligence, and has proven he is great at making smart preparations for a job. We always had a good feel for Ryan, so it was easy to encourage him into getting involved."
“You can gain a lot of knowledge and valuable industry experience testing yourself on that stage. We believe creating skilled tradespeople who can make a difference in their communities is vital for the future of the industry, and we try to encourage all our apprentices to enter the competition.”
Richard Ellery - Richard Construction. Employer of 2019 Apprentice of the Year finalist Todd Sutton
“Our previous apprentices had entered the competition and had nothing but positive things to say about the experience. Todd has been doing great work and showed that he was capable so we thought it would be a good test for him to see where he was at and how he was tracking.”