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Final showdown for the top tradies

Final showdown for the top tradies


The country’s top carpentry apprentices will compete in a final showdown this Friday vying for the title of Registered Master Builders Carters 2015 Apprentice of the Year.

This Friday 9 October, the 10 regional competition winners compete in the final stage of the competition with a practical challenge. They will each build a children’s playhouse to be donated to local charities. The practical component will take place at The Cloud on Auckland’s waterfront, and will be open to the public between 8am and 1pm.

Registered Master Builders chief executive David Kelly is looking forward to this year’s national competition and says that there is a lot of talent amongst the group.

“As the country’s construction activity continues to increase particularly in Auckland, the industry is calling out for more apprentices. This competition is about celebrating what it is to be an apprentice and recognising the future-leaders in our sector.

“This stage of the competition has the young apprentices showcasing their skills for the judges and public – it is a fun and exciting event. We’re looking forward to the charity representatives, family, friends and the public attending to show their support, and see the quality workmanship the competition celebrates.”

The apprentices have already competed against their local peers, and were selected as regional winners. The national competition sees them go head to head over a two day event. Along with the practical component, each finalist will undergo a 45 minute interview with the national judging panel.

The national winner will be announced at an awards dinner on the Friday evening, hosted by MC and radio host, Jay Reeve.

The winning apprentice will take home prizes including the use of a Ford Ranger Ute for a year courtesy of Carters, an iPad courtesy of MBIE and a fantastic range of tools. All finalists will attend an Outward Bound course and the Registered Master Builders House of the Year National Gala in November.

Apprentices, employers and young people aspiring to be a part of the construction industry are encouraged to join the Facebook page:www.facebook.com/apprenticeoftheyear or follow us on Twitter: @AOY_NZ.

For more information, visit www.apprenticeoftheyear.co.nz.

Owned by the Registered Master Builders Association, the Apprentice of the Year Competition is made possible thanks to principal sponsor Carters, the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO), and supporting sponsors the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and APL through their Altherm, First and Vantage brands.

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