Boom in Ap­pren­tice of Year en­tries

Central Leader - - EDUCATION& TRAINING -

The con­struc­tion in­dus­try has seen a boom of en­tries into its mar­que car­pen­try ap­pren­tice com­pe­ti­tion with a 34 per cent in­crease on 2013.

There have been 134 ap­pren­tices from across the coun­try stand up to take part in the Reg­is­tered Mas­ter Builders Carters 2014 Ap­pren­tice of the Year, gear­ing up to com­pete for the 2014 ti­tle and claim their share of more than $100,000 worth of prizes.

RMBA chief ex­ec­u­tive Warwick Quinn says the in­crease in en­tries is a tes­ta­ment to New Zealand’s thriv­ing build­ing and con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

‘‘The cur­rent build­ing boom is a very ex­cit­ing time for those in­volved with the in­dus­try.

‘‘It’s great to see that while ap­pren­tice num­bers are in­creas­ing to meet de­mand, build­ing ex­cel­lence is still a pri­or­ity,’’ he says.

‘‘The com­pe­ti­tion is an op­por­tu­nity for ap­pren­tices to step up and show po­ten­tial em­ploy­ers that they are se­ri­ous about their ca­reer.

‘‘Putting yourself out there to see how you mea­sure up against your peers shows em­ploy­ers and in­dus­try lead­ers that you mean busi­ness,’’ he says.

BCITO chief ex­ec­u­tive Ruma Karaitiana says Ap­pren­tice of the Year is an ex­cel­lent com­pe­ti­tion for recog­nis­ing ris­ing stars in the build­ing and con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

‘‘We are ex­tremely sup­port­ive of any en­deav­our that cel­e­brates ap­pren­tices go­ing the ex­tra mile. We’re look­ing for­ward to see­ing the talent at this year’s com­pe­ti­tion.’’

All en­trants will be in­ter­viewed and their writ­ten en­tries judged over June and July, with the first re­gional Ap­pren­tice of the Year awards event tak­ing place in Welling­ton on Au­gust 8.

First place in each re­gion will take home ei­ther $2000 to spend at Carters or a $2000 study grant, a spot at an Out­ward Bound course and a range of prod­ucts and tools to add to their kit.

Re­gional win­ners will also travel to com­pete at the Ap­pren­tice of the Year na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in Auck­land which takes place in Oc­to­ber, where the re­sults will be cel­e­brated at a na­tional awards din­ner.

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 and for more in­for­ma­tion visit www.ap­pren­tice­ofthe year.co.nz.

Build­ing boom: Ap­pren­tice num­bers are on the rise and this has flowed on to the Reg­is­tered Mas­ter Builders Carters 2014 Ap­pren­tice of the Year con­test which has seen a 34 per cent in­crease in en­tries.

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