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Building An Apprentice Of The Year

The Registered Master Builders Apprentice of the Year, in association 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

Whats in it for you?

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.

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.



Rob Pedersen – McMillan and Lockwood. Employer of 2016 Apprentice of the Year Callum Bryson.

Rob says that when he has a team member like Callum whose potential is evident, he has no qualms about providing the opportunity to step up.
Rob said the project Callum submitted for Apprentice of the Year was a particularly challenging one. The work was highly complex and the site was 100km from the support of home base.


Russell Campbell – Inhaus Developments Limited. Employer and father of 2015 Apprentice of the Year Shaun Campbell.
Russell says 20-year old Shaun made up for what he lacks in life experience with an absolute passion for building – which he demonstrated from a very young age – and a real pride in what he does.
Russell says that he was particularly impressed by the support from the Apprentice of the Year sponsors, which meant that there was very little cost involved for employers. He encourages other employers to support their apprentices to enter – he’ll definitely be suggesting his other apprentice gives it a shot.

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Russell Clarke – Licensed Renovations. Employer of 2014 Auckland Apprentice of the Year Cody Webby.
Russell says he encourages his apprentices to enter Apprentice of the Year because it’s good for his business, and it’s good for the apprentices.
Russell’s company has been involved with the competition for a number of years. Cody is a great example of the positive impact the competition can have on an apprentice. He is now really thinking about where he wants to be, and what the building industry is going to look like in 10, 20 and 50 years. 

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Ben Redmond – Redmond Builders Limited. Employer of the Registered Master Builders 2013 Apprentice of the Year.
Ben says the bottom line is that there aren’t any downsides to supporting your apprentices to be their best. When your apprentice succeeds, so does your business. Who wouldn’t want a top class tradesman to work alongside every day?

Cameron Isles – Isles Construction. Employer of 2017 Apprentice of the Year finalist Atigiapa "Tingi" Meyrick.
We have had an apprentice in Apprentice of the Year for the last nine years, so we have a long history of entering apprentices. Our company gets a lot of recognition locally and our clients are always impressed with the quality of work from them. 

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




Johnny Calley, employer of 2017 Apprentice of the Year finalist Matt Abbott
The time that apprentices need to take off work is very limited – there is not much of a challenge in allowing them the time off the enter the competition. A lot of the competition is based around what they do on their current work sites.



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