Building Registered Master Builders for tomorrow
As well as leading and running a dynamic,
professional and sustainable organisation today, one of
our other main organisational responsibilities is
helping build the Registered Master Builders
organisation for the future.
And one of the key ingredients to help build that future
organisation is ensuring we are bringing our younger
industry people into what we do.
Going around the country and visiting Associations and
members, I get the opportunity to look at how some
Associations are strategically looking at membership
10 to 15 years down the track.
One thing that a number of them do well is
encouraging apprentices to participate in the activities
of the Association.
The Wellington Registered Master Builders
Association is a great example of this.
Association holds open days for all the apprentices in
the region, and invites them to join as apprentice
They are looking to a future in which those apprentices
will, in turn, become members of the Association,
either as tradesmen or as full fl edged members.
Future master builders don’t just happen — they are
created from the ground up, as apprentices, by
passionate registered master builders who selfl essly
devote time and money to foster great tradesmen who,
in turn, become master craftsmen.
In its own way, the Registered Master Builders Carters
2006 Apprentice of the Year competition also
contributes to this aim.
The competition recognises excellence among
carpentry apprentices, and endeavours to raise
awareness of careers in the construction industry.
This year a record 116 entries were received, up 90%
on last year’s numbers. Staged for the fi rst time in
Wellington in 2004 and expanded to Auckland,
Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Canterbury in 2005, this
year the Apprentice of the Year competition is being
staged in nine regions nationwide.
The response to this year’s Apprentice of the Year
competition indicates apprentices and training
organisations are viewing changes in the industry
seriously, and highlights the depth and capability
coming through in our future workforce.
We encourage all our members to consider bringing
their apprentices into their local Association activities.
There is a whole pool of future master builders out
there just waiting to be integrated into our
organisation, thereby helping to develop our
organisation into the future.