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Supporting fresh talent

Once again, CARTERS are proud to be the principal sponsor of the Registered Master Builders’ Apprentice of the Year competition.

This leading apprentice competition recognises excellence among carpentry apprentices and raises awareness of career opportunities in the building and construction industry.​​​

Key Dates 

July and August 2022 - Regional Judging and Interviews


  • Auckland & Northern - Thursday 1 September, The Maritime Room, Auckland. 6.00pm

  • Bay of Plenty / Central Plateau - Friday 19 August, Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club, Tauranga. 6.00pm

  • Waikato - Friday 12 August, Southwell Performing Arts Centre, Hamilton. 6.00pm

  • Central North Island & East Coast / Hawke’s Bay - Friday 12 August, venue TBC

  • Lower North Island - Friday 2 September, Boulcott's Farm Heritage Golf Club, Lower Hutt. 5.30pm

  • Upper South Island - Friday 19 August, Pic's Peanut Butter World, Nelson. 5.30pm

  • Central South Island & Southern - Thursday 18 August, Christchurch Town Hall, Christchurch. 5.00pm


14 November 2022 - National Practical
This year's practical will be co-located at CONZTRUCT Auckland North at Eventfinda Stadium.
CONZTRUCT is New Zealand's largest travelling construction trade show and attracts thousands of builders, architects, designers and other trade professionals at it's 16 annual events nationwide. Click here for more details and to register

15 November 2022 - Interviews & National Awards Gala Dinner
The Gala dinner is a ticket only event - Venue TBC

How it works

How to enter the 2022 Apprentice of the Year

Why Enter?

  • Build confidence in yourself and your skills and see how you measure up against other apprentices 
  • Receive recognition of your skills, which is valuable for future employment opportunities 
  • Get a head start on business skills, through the entry process of being interviewed and undertaking a site visit 
  • Pick up some great prizes at the Regional and National competitions 


What's in it for Employers?

This is a great opportunity to celebrate you, the employer, for investing in apprentices and giving back to New Zealand’s construction industry. 

Learn more & hear from past employers 

2021 RMB Apprentice of the Year

Jarred Badham has come out on top

Congratulations to Jarred Badham who has been named the country’s top carpentry apprentice, taking out the title of Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2021 Apprentice of the Year!

Well done to Hayden Lambert, who came in second and to Joshua Fraser, who was awarded third place.

Thank you to all the Apprentices for their commitment and passion for the industry and we wish you the best for the a successful future.

Check out some of the competition shots below:

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

Highlights from 2020

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

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