Entries for Apprentice of the Year 2024 Open Next Week!

Entries for New Zealand’s leading carpentry apprentice competition open next week on Friday 8 March. 

Now is the perfect time to start gearing up your apprentices to enter, so they can get one step closer to the winners podium and be driving away in a new ute, proudly provided by CARTERS.

Want to know more?
Check out the 2024 entry guides and the Apprentice of the Year website. Our website has lots of great tips for apprentices, including an outline of the entry process, examples of project submissions and how entries are judged. 




Does the employer have to be a Registered Master Builders Member for me to enter the competition?
NO: Apprentices with any builder are welcome to enter– they DO NOT have to be a Master Builders member.  

Do apprentices have to be trained through a specific training provider?
NO: Apprentices can be trained by any appropriate training provider.

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 New Zealand National in Carpentry L4 by 12 April 2024 and still be an apprentice at the time of entries close on 12 April 2024.


“As an employer I’d probably encourage other employers to get their apprentices 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

“The competition itself was a blast. In the regional competition I loved showcasing my work to the judges during the site visit. I am proud of the work that we do, and it was great to showcase it to industry professionals. Meeting the other apprentices was the best part. To hear how their apprenticeships were going and the differences in our industry was incredible.”

- Jack Nevines, Master Builders CARTERS 2023 Apprentice of the Year winner

To enter or for more information go to or contact us on 0800 762 328.