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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.​​​

Are you ready?...Entries open 1 April 2021!

This event is all about celebrating up-and-comers and recognising great employers – both critical elements to a bright and successful future for our industry.

​​​​​​​​​​​​HOW IT WORKS

Here's how the competition process works. 



Are you 30 years old or younger, completed at least 2 years of your National Certificate on-site by 29 April 2021, it's your 1st or 2nd time entering the competition and you'll be an apprentice at the time of entries closing on 29 April 2021?
This is your chance to:
  • Be recognised for being a great apprentice
  • Build your skills to fast-track your career
  • Meet industry leaders and other apprentices
  • Get a free membership to Registered Master Builders for a year – loaded with free training and social events
  • Win amazing prizes with all completed entries receiving a CARTERS gift pack
If this sounds like you click here to see how you can get prepared before registrations open 1st April. 


Apprentice of the Year also celebrates you, the employer, for investing in apprentices and giving back to the industry. 
  • Get recognition as a great employer for helping your apprentice realise their potential
  • Meet industry leaders and get acknowledged for encouraging future leaders
  • Attract talent by showing you value staff and the future of the industry
  • Get exposure for your business for having a top apprentice
  • Receive an Employers Award for mentoring winning apprentices​​​​​​​

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 Regional Winners

Lower North Island / Karl Douglas / Makers Fabrication
Central South Island / Corrigan Harnett / Keane Building
Upper South Island / Mark Lovelock / Timbercraft Construction
Northern / Thomas O’Brien / Beacon Construction
Southern / Chris O’Connell / Hammond and Campbell Builders
Waikato / Byron Raubenheimer / GD Pringle
Central North & East Coast / Ben Roberts / Mike Campbell Construction
Auckland / Ken Rowe / Neil Mckendrick Builders
Bay of Plenty Central Plateau / Matthew Van Bohemen / Beck Building

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