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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 an employer, for investing in apprentices and giving back to the industry. It showcases the benefits to your business of mentoring the sector’s future leaders.


Entries for the 2024 competition will open on friday 8 march 2024 and close on friday 12 april 2024.



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. 

It showcases what a great employer looks like and the benefits to your business of mentoring the sector's talent.
There are a range of great benefits for you for taking part in the competition, including:

If your apprentice wins their region, you will receive a free ticket to the national awards in Auckland and one nights of accommodation, including breakfast.

Check out the 2024 Entry Guide below. We have two versions - one for you, as the employer, and one for your apprentice. 





“As an employer I’d probably encourage other employers to get their young fellas in on the competition. Firstly, there are so many benefits they gain from being in the competition. Not only tips, but also getting to know people and the experience. Even if they don’t win, there is so much to be gained, winning is just the icing on the cake really. Secondly, it’s a great marketing opportunity. It’s all over social media, so it’s really good, free marketing for the company.”

Chris Keane - Keane Building
Employer of 2020 Apprentice of the Year Finalist Corrigan Harnett

Nigel credits Stephen Nicholson from BCITO as the person who strongly encouraged Dane to enter the competition.

“Stephen did a great job of encouraging Dane to enter. Given the ups and downs of the last couple of years, as a business owner it wasn’t something that was top of mind for me. However, after seeing how awesome the competition is, I’m going to encourage more apprentices in the future.”

Nigel Strickett – Coastal Concepts
Employer of 2022 Apprentice of the Year winner Dane Schnell

"I always encourage our apprentices to look at the bigger picture and to step outside their comfort zone and face new challenges. Apprentice of the Year is a great opportunity for that, and a great learning curve in their career. Hayden was very keen to step up and enter the competition. I was very happy to support and encourage him during the judging process as I saw very early on the potential and ability he was demonstrating on site. He is showing huge potential and I believe he has a  great future in the building industry.”

Steve Ross - SJR Builders 
Employer of 2021 Apprentice of the Year finalist Hayden Lambert






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