Entries for the Registered Master Builders Carters 2012 Apprentice of the Year competition have now closed, with regional events set to kick off in September.
With more than $100,000 in prizes up for grabs, including places on a specially designed Outward Bound Leadership Programme and a study grant or Carters voucher valued at over $2000 for regional winners, the competition is worth entering.
Last year’s winner Ryan Keogh from Naylor Love Construction Ltd in Dunedin was overwhelmed when he was awarded the top honour in Wellington in October 2011.
“It’s an absolute honour to be involved in this competition, and to be the winner, it blows my mind,” he says.
Regional finalist Jono Spurdle from Warwick Gair Builders in Auckland says there were many enjoyable parts of the competition.
“Some of the best aspects for me were pushing towards self-excellence and striving to be the best building apprentice within New Zealand, along with meeting new, like-minded apprentices from all around the country.
“Also the Mana and respect you receive from fellow workmates, family and friends is great,” Jono says.
Now in its ninth year, the competition continues to reward and celebrate exceptional carpentry apprentices, bringing attention to the wide variety of career opportunities in the construction industry.
Apprentices from all over the country have submitted their entries, which include details of a building project they are particularly proud of, why they think they have what it takes to be the next Apprentice of the Year, and why their employer thinks they’re the best.
Each applicant will then be interviewed by the regional judging panel made up of representatives from the RMBF, the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) and Carters.
The judging panel will assess industry knowledge, the apprentice’s portfolio and references, as well as personal qualities.
Judges will then undertake a site visit where apprentices are given the opportunity to impress with their skills on the tools and how well their tools are taken care of, their industry knowledge, health and safety practices, and attitude.
The judges will also be speaking with the entrant’s boss or supervisor for further insights.
Entries for the 2012 Apprentice of the Year are now closed. For further information, visit 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 young people aspiring to be part of the construction industry are encouraged to “like” the Apprentice of the Year Facebook page and join the conversation at