GET READY Entries Open Next Month for Apprentice of the Year 2022

14 February

Competition now open to apprentices of ALL ages!

Entries open for New Zealand’s leading carpentry apprentice competition on 18th March. 

Now is the time to start getting your apprentices ready to enter so they can take the first step towards the winners podium and driving away in the Nissan Navara, proudly provided by CARTERS.

NEW FOR 2022: The competition is now open to apprentices of ALL ages!

Don't have an apprentice who can enter this year? No problem. But if you know of someone who would be perfect for this competition, let them know!

Check out the Entry Guide, or head straight to our website for all you and your apprentice need to know about entering so they can be ready to put their best foot forward.

Remember – entry is open to all carpentry apprentices - They do not have to work for a Master Builder or need to be trained by BCITO.

Is your apprentice eligible to enter?
They need to:
  • Be currently employed by, or contracted to a building firm or a builder at the time of the regional competition being judged (does not need to be a Registered Master Builder).
  • Have completed at least two years of their National Certificate in Carpentry on-site by 14 April 2022 and still be an apprentice at the time of entries close on Thursday 14 April 2022.
  • Be fully vaccinated. This is mandatory for everyone participating in all stages of the Apprentice of the Year competition including events. Your vaccine pass will be checked using the Ministry of Health’s NZ Pass Verifier app at each stage of the competition.


"Apprentice of the Year was recognition of the hard work that I had put into my apprenticeship. I also really enjoyed meeting the other young builders who share my passion for building and construction. It was cool to hang out and "talk shop" with a great bunch of guys." 

– Jarred Badham, 2021 Apprentice of the Year winner

“As an employer I’d probably encourage other employers to get their young fellas in on the competition. Firstly, there are so many benefits they gain from being in the competition. Not only tips, but also getting to know people and the experience. Even if they don’t win, there is so much to be gained, winning is just the icing on the cake really. Secondly, it’s a great marketing opportunity. It’s all over social media, so it’s really good, free marketing for the company.”

- Chris Keane, Keane Building