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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.
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.



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.




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 2019

  • Entries open 1 April 2019 - 20 May
  • Heads up meetings.  Get details of the info sessions around NZ where you can find out more about the competition
  • 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 are held in Auckland on 7-8th November 2019 at ASB Showgrounds. This two day event comprises interviews and the practical building challenge open from 9.30-1pm followed by the National Awards Gala dinner 6.30pm (Ticket only).

Regional Awards Events 2019

(These dates/venues are subject to change based on entry numbers, please check closer to the time for confirmation).

  • Auckland/Northern: AUT Auckland Campus - Friday 23 August
  • Waikato: Southwell School - Friday 23 August
  • Bay of Plenty Central Plateau: Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club - Friday 16 August
  • Central North Island: The Avenue Kingsgate Hotel, 379 Victoria Avenue, Whanganui - Friday 30 August
  • Hawke's Bay East Coast: Havelock North Function Centre, 30 Te Mata Peak Road, Havelock North - Friday 6 September
  • Lower North Island: Boulcott's Farm Heritage Golf Club - Friday 23 August
  • Upper South Island: Pic's Peanut Butter Factory Friday 6 September
  • Central South Island: Hagley Oval - Thursday 22 August
  • Southern: Golden Gate Cromwell- Friday 30 August

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 Building Performance