Do you have the next Apprentice of the Year?

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It’s that exciting time again — so employers get your apprentices ready for the Registered Master Builders Carters 2012 Apprentice of the Year.

Entries open in April and your apprentice has until the end of June before the forms are due, so now is the time to get your guys thinking about their future.

Any carpentry apprentice can enter the competition, regardless of their training provider, and you don’t need to be a Registered Master Builder. Apprentices must be:
• 26 years old or younger on December 31, 2012, and
• currently employed by, or contracted to, a building firm or builder at the time of regional competition
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They also need to have completed at least two years of their National Certificate in carpentry on-site by the entry closing date of Thursday, June 28, 2012, or have finished their apprenticeship no more than eight months before entries close — ie not before November 1, 2011.
The Apprentice of the Year competition is all about celebrating industry excellence, and aims to find and reward outstanding carpentry apprentices, bringing attention to the wide variety of fantastic career opportunities in the construction industry.

The competition is run in 10 regions across the country. The best carpentry apprentice in each region will then compete for the national title in October.
There are great prizes up for grabs for the top regional apprentices, and even bigger prizes for the national winners, plus a prize for the winning apprentice’s employer! How does an Apple iPad sound?

Not only is the Registered Master Builders Carters Apprentice of the Year a superb opportunity for your apprentice, it is great recognition for your company.
To download an entry form for your apprentices, or for more details on the competition, go to www.apprenticeoftheyear.co.nz.
The Apprentice of the Year competition is owned and managed by the Registered Master Builders Federation (RMBF), sponsored by Carters, partnered by the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO), and supported by the Department of Building and Housing.

Apprentices, employers and those young people aspiring to be part of the construction industry are encouraged to join up to the Apprentice of the Year Facebook page at www.facebook.com/apprenticeoftheyear.