Top apprentice competition extends to nine regions

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Carpentry apprentices from across the country will now get the chance to be part of what is growing to be one of the industry’s most coveted titles, the Registered Master Builders Carters 2006 Apprentice of the Year. 

Building on the success of the Registered Master Builders Carters Carpentry Apprentice of the Year Awards held in 2005, the competition is being extended this year to nine regions, opening entries up to carpentry apprentices from Northland to Invercargill. 

The awards aim to recognise excellence, foster the training and development of apprentices, and raise awareness of career opportunities in the construction industry. In its third year, the competition is proving increasingly popular. Willie Jackson, winner of the 2005 Apprentice of the Year – Wellington Region found entering the competition was well worthwhile. 

“Winning the competition made me realise what I am capable of and gave me more confi dence in my work. I learnt so much by taking part in the competition, and it was great to have my skills and knowledge recognised by industry. 

It’s a great way to kick-start my career,” he says. Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) chief executive Ruma Karaitiana shares his enthusiasm. “The training and development of carpentry apprentices is important for the future of the construction industry. 

The BCITO is proud to be part of an event that recognises and encourages this, and our entire team is behind the competition.” Entries close on July 31, and up to 10 apprentices from each of the nine regions will be chosen to progress to the final stages of the regional awards. 

The competition is open to all carpentry apprentices, irrespective of whom they work for or train with. Judging panels will be assessing personal attributes, practical skills, knowledge of the building sector and materials, and the endorsement from the apprentice’s employer and educational institution. 

Winners will receive a substantial prize which includes participation in an Outward Bound Leadership Programme, a scholarship towards completion of study or postgraduate study, a $500 prize pack and apprenticeship membership of the Registered Master Builders Federation for one year. Regional winners will be announced in October. 

The Registered Master Builders Carters 2006 Apprentice of the Year is supported by principal sponsor Carters and supporting sponsor the BCITO.