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Supporting fresh talent

This is the 17th year we’ve been the principal sponsor of the Registered Master Builders’ Apprentice of the Year competition.

​​​​​​​Apprentice of the Year recognises excellence among carpentry apprentices and raises awareness of career opportunities in the building and construction industry.​​​


  • July and August - Regional Judging and Interviews
  • September - Regional Awards Virtual Events 
  • November - National Awards​​​​​​​


This will be held in Auckland, on Wednesday 3 & Thursday 4 November 2021. 

This two-day event comprises of interviews on 3rd November and the national practical building challenge on 4th November.

The National Practical is open to the public from 9am on the 4th and this year will be co-located with BuildNZ . BuildNZ is the leading trade event for the Building, Construction, Design, and Architecture Industries.

The National Awards Gala is held on the evening of Thursday 4 November and is a ticket only event.

How it works​​​​​​​

Here's how the competition process works. 

Highlights from 2020

Apprentice of the Year 2020_National
Video courtesy of Registered Master Builders Association.

2020 RMB Apprentice of the Year

Thomas O'Brien has come out on top

In the decider challenge, nine Apprentices from across the country had to build a mud kitchen to a high standard.  This included a water play wall comprised of various spouting elements supplied by Marley. The mud kitchens have donated to early learning centres around Auckland.

Check out some of the competition shots below:

Congratulations to our 2021 Regional Winners

Northern - Kaya Hilaire - Houseworks
Auckland - Joshua Fraser - Craft Renovations
Waikato - Hayden Lambert - SJR Builders
Bay of Plenty / Central Plateau - Kaleb Hyndman - Calley Homes
Central North Island / East Coast - Jarred Badham - Nailing it
East Coast / Hawke's Bay - Matthew Hilson - Kuma Construction
Lower North Island - Jayson Su - Cremer Construction
Upper South Island - Finn Eden - Tasman Homes Nelson
Central South Island - Phillip Jamieson
Southern - Samuel Morris - McFarlane Building Wanaka

CARTERS are proud to partner with the following suppliers for AOY: